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No fans for JMU basketball: AUBC limited to hosting 250 people

Atlantic Union Bank Center - James Madison University
Atlantic Union Bank Center - James Madison University(WHSV)
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 8:18 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - No fans will be allowed to attend JMU basketball games for the start of the 2020-2021 season.

James Madison University athletics released a statement Monday saying only guests of the JMU basketball program will be allowed to attend games as spectators. The announcement comes in response to Governor Ralph Northam’s new COVID-19 restrictions that restrict sports venues, like JMU’s Atlantic Union Bank Center, to hosting 250 people (including participants in the games).

The JMU men’s and women’s basketball teams are both scheduled to open the 2020-2021 season with games on Wednesday, November 25. The men’s team is scheduled to host Lancaster Bible College for a 12 p.m. tip-off while the women’s team welcomes Mount St. Mary’s to Harrisonburg for a 4 p.m. start.

The Atlantic Union Bank Center is a new basketball arena on the campus of James Madison University that seats 8,500 fans. The cost of the arena and is accompanying park deck is $139.5 million.

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