Clark University in Atlanta has announced that attendance at men’s and women’s basketball home games will continue to be restricted for the remainder of the season.
Only essential playing, administrative and team staff will be allowed inside the LS Epps gymnasium due to Covid-19 precautions, the school announced on Tuesday.
In response to the news, an online petition was created by a group called Clark Atlanta University Men’s and Women’s Basketball to push the school to change its policies to allow fans to attend basketball games.
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“After a year without basketball at Clark University in Atlanta, athletes, students, alumni and fans were emotionally hurt but started counting the days until the Panthers and Lady Panthers could resume. the field with their support,” the petition reads.
The petition had received 517 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
“…the biggest games of the year are ahead. CAU v Savannah State University, Edward Waters University, Morehouse College, and Senior Night v Fort Valley State University will now be fanless due to this restriction,” the petition reads.
The petition lists six issues student-athletes have regarding the decision. Among them, students live together in dormitories and also attend classes together, but cannot attend sporting events.
The petition says the CAU has demanded that all students receive both doses of the vaccine and a booster shot starting Feb. 5.
The petition also includes average attendance figures for Division 1 basketball games played during the month of January across multiple conferences despite the winter COVID surge.
All games are currently available live on facebook.com/clarkatlantapanthers.
“Panther Nation we all miss you and hope to see you very soon!!!” reads the petition.