Colorado Daily

Nonconfere­nce schedule released

CU announces its sports facilities will return to full capacity in the fall

- Buf fZone.com By Brian Howell Jeremy Papasso / Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post

Cu announced its nonconfere­nce schedule for the 2021-22 season, which will begin with a nov. 9 home date against Montana State. Although the Buffs will play three games against a solid field of teams at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, CU is set to play its first nonconfere­nce schedule without a true road game since the 1935-36 season.

With the Buffs and Colorado State both in the eight-team field at the Paradise Jam, the programs have opted to push the final game of their most recent three-game agreement, a CU home date, into the 2022-23 season. While the Buffs and Rams certainly could match up in the Virgin Islands, the 2021-22 season also will mark the first time since the 1990-91 season the Buffs will not have any scheduled dates against in-state programs CSU, Denver, Air Force, or Northern Colorado.

“My biggest thing was, coming out of the pandemic without having fans, and having such a special team last year, I really wanted to upgrade the schedule as best we could with home games,” coach Tad Boyle said. “They’ll have that opportunit­y against some quality opponents.”

Early schedule (*Pac-12 Conference game)

Nov. 9 — MONTANA STATE Nov.13—NEWMEXICO Nov. 15 — Maine Nov. 19 — vs. Southern Illinois (Paradise Jam)

Nov. 20 or 21 — vs. Duquesne/Northeaste­rn (Paradise Jam)

Nov. 22 — TBD (Paradise Jam)

Nov. 28 — STANFORD* Dec.1—atUCLA* Dec. 4 — TENNESSEE Dec. 8 — EASTERN WASHINGTON

Dec. 10 — MILWAUKEE Dec. 18 — CAL STATE BAKERSFIEL­D

Dec. 21 — KANSAS

Colorado athletics is eager to welcome fans back to its venues, and is hoping for packed houses in the fall.

On June 21, CU announced that its facilities — including Folsom Field and the CU Events Center — will allow for 100% capacity this fall. CU’s announceme­nt is in response to the state lifting restrictio­ns due to the COVID19 pandemic.

“All of us, the student-ath- letes, coaches and staff are looking for ward to welcom- ing back our fans to ever y one of our venues after playing before mostly empty stadiums last year,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a press release.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buf fs played in front of only a few fans last year.

During the football season, 554 family members attended the season opener, but the rest of the regular season was played in front of no fans. There were 10,822 fans in attendance for the Valero Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Most of the basketball and volleyball seasons were played in front of empty arenas. Toward the end of the season, a few family members were allowed to attend games at CU Events Center.

In addition to Folsom Field and the Events Center, CU will allow full capacity at Prentup Field — home of the soccer team — and the tennis complex on the South Campus.

While full attendance will be allowed, CU will adhere to Boulder County regulation­s in terms of wearing masks or having proof of vaccinatio­n. Those regulation­s have not been finalized.

Season tickets for CU football are currently on sale at CUBuffs.com. Tickets for the Sept. 11 game against Texas A&M at Empower Field at Mile High can be purchased through TicketMast­er.

Mini-plan packages for football are now on sale, and single-game tickets will be made available beginning July 7.

 ?? File photo ?? The Coors Events Center at CU Boulder will open up to full capacity for fans in the fall.
File photo The Coors Events Center at CU Boulder will open up to full capacity for fans in the fall.
 ??  ?? During last year’s football season, 554 family members attended the season opener, but the rest of the regular season was played in front of no fans.
During last year’s football season, 554 family members attended the season opener, but the rest of the regular season was played in front of no fans.

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