Cajun Field capacity capped, tailgating and alcohol banned at 2020 UL home football games

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Limited capacity, no tailgating and no alcohol sales are among the restrictions being imposed due to implementation of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic safety measures for spectators when the nationally ranked UL football team plays at Cajun Field this season.

The No. 21 Ragin’ Cajuns (AP No. 19) visit Georgia State for an ESPN2-televised season-opener Saturday morning in Atlanta and play Georgia Southern on ESPN2 in their first of five scheduled home games at 11 a.m. Sept. 26.

UL also is scheduled to play Coastal Carolina for homecoming on Oct. 17, Arkansas State on Nov. 7, South Alabama on Nov. 14 and Central Arkansas on Nov. 21.  

Maximum capacity at Cajun Field – whose usual listed capacity is 41,426 – will be capped at 25 percent, according to a news release from the school.

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Capacity will be capped this season at Cajun Field due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

However, a team spokesman said, “Due to social distancing requirements, Cajun Field’s capacity will not be a true 25 percent.”

“Once seat allocations and ticket distribution takes place … the department of athletics will have an approximate capacity number,” the same spokesman said.

The Cajuns averaged an announced 18,203 at their home games last season.

Specific entrance protocols and seating arrangements for 2020 Cajun season ticket holders and UL students also have been set.

Parking lots and entrances to Cajun Field will both open two hours prior to kickoff for each game, and in addition to no tailgating, RVs also will not be allowed at the stadium this season.

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The team has canceled its usual Cajun Walk, in which fans typically interact with players and coaches as they walk toward the stadium prior to a game, so as to – according to the school’s release – “promote social distancing and to protect student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”

Vendors in areas outside the stadium have been banned and concerts/band performances have been canceled.

Spectators have been asked to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the stadium, and according to the school’s release, those “who are sick or experiencing symptoms are asked to stay home.”

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The guidelines, formulated both by UL and from within the UL System, conform to COVID-19 Phase 3 restrictions directed by the office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

“We’ve got to operate under the very specific guidelines that our governor and the state have for us, and that’s what we intend to do,” UL coach Billy Napier said Wednesday night.

“I know certainly we look forward to as many as we can get in there,” Napier added. “I know that’s how many will show up.”

Face coverings will be required for entrance to Cajun Field and must also be worn in all common spaces including restrooms, concourses and concession areas.

(Per CDC guidelines, face coverings should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove face coverings without assistance.)

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All Cajun Field workers and vendors also will wear face coverings, and they will be checked and screened prior to entering the stadium.

Cajun Field’s capacity restrictions will include several social distancing measures.

One is the addition of a 6-foot buffer around each ticket block. All aisles, entrances and landing areas will also have marked off 6-foot buffers, and fans will be required to sit in the seat listed on their ticket.

Proper social distancing will be required in all common areas, such as concession-stand lines and restrooms.

Social distancing markers will be placed in those areas.

Concessions will be limited to drinks, prepackaged food prepackaged condiments, and spectators will be encouraged to use touchless credit card readers for all purchases including merchandise.

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The ban on alcohol, according to UL’s news release, specifically was made “in accordance with (an) executive order from” the governor’s office.

After each game, event staffers will coordinate a gradual exit by fans to prevent clusters.

Additionally, season-ticket holders can pick up tickets at the Cajundome ticket office from Tuesday through Sept. 25 and mobile ticketing also is available for spectators who download the #GeauxCajuns app on iOS and Android platforms as well as online.

Season ticket holders will advised for their seat selection appointments “in the coming days,” according to the school’s release.

(For more information, call (337) 265-2170.)

UL students will have access – with a valid student ID – to limited general admission student seating on a first-come, first-served basis at the student union on select dates communicated prior to each game week.

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