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USF basketball opens conference games to public with limited seating

Approximately 1,200 seats are available for fans, including 300 for USF students.
USF guard David Collins was named the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week.
USF guard David Collins was named the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Dec. 14, 2020
Updated Dec. 14, 2020

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift idea? Look no further than a ticket to a USF basketball game.

Fans can start attending American Athletic Conference games on a limited basis beginning Saturday, when the women’s team plays against Houston at the Yuengling Center on the USF campus in Tampa, the athletic department announced Monday afternoon.

Limited fans will be permitted to attend men’s games beginning on Dec. 22, when the Bulls tip off against Wichita State.

“We are excited to have the opportunity for a limited number of fans to see our exciting men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in person when the conference seasons begin,” USF athletic director Michael Kelly said in the statement. “We greatly appreciate university leadership and local health officials’ guidance and assistance as we prepare to welcome fans back to the Yuengling Center.”

Tickets will be sold on a per-game basis. Season ticket-holders and Bulls Club members have priority access.

The athletic department is allowing approximately 1,200 fans — including 300 seats reserved for USF students — for each game. Seats will be physically distanced in pods ranging from two to four seats.

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No 100-level seating behind the team benches or courtside will be available. However, 100-level seating behind the baselines and opposite the benches will be limited. Seating in the 200 and 300 levels also will be limited.

The six double-headers with the men’s and women’s teams competing on the same day (Jan. 2, 6, 27 and 30 and Feb. 13 and 20 ) will be ticketed for the day, allowing fans to attend both games.

Fans can purchase tickets online at GoUSFBulls.com/sports/tickets or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Tickets will be delivered via mobile devices through the USF Bulls app, which is free to download for Android and iPhone users.

USF also has taken steps to make their fans feel safe inside the Yuengling Center. There are an increased number of hand-washing stations throughout the arena and 6-foot physically distanced queues for concessions. Cashless transactions also are in place.

Staff and fans are required to wear masks inside the arena, as well.

“Our team has worked hard to create a safe and exciting game-day environment for our student-athletes, coaches and fans alike,” Kelly continued. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and consult local, state and university health officials in regards to attendance as the season progresses.”

David Collins named AAC player of the week

USF guard David Collins was named the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week.

The senior averaged 15.5 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists in wins over Stetson and Wofford. He shot 58.3 percent from the floor and 60 percent from 3-point range. 

Collins had a game-high 18 in the 73-62 victory over the Hatters and a team-high 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds for his first double-double against the Terriers.

Up next

Women’s basketball at Memphis

Wednesday, 3 p.m.

TV/radio: ESPN+, radio: Bulls Unlimited

Men’s basketball at Cincinnati

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

VT/radio: ESPN2/ESPNU, radio: Bulls Unlimited

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.