RICHMOND, Va. -- When the VCU Rams tip-off at the Siegel Center in Richmond next month, it will be in front of just a handful of fans.
VCU Athletics announced Tuesday a limit of just 250 spectators will be allowed inside the 7,500-seat arena.
VCU previously announced 1,000 fans would be allowed inside but has since adjusted that number in accordance with new statewide COVID-19 safety guidance.
"A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes," VCU Athletics posted online. "Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model."
Season ticket holders will find out on Wednesday whether or not they qualify for seats.
"We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men's basketball season," VCU Athletics Director Ed McLaughlin said. "Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses."
VCU is scheduled to start the 2020-21 college basketball season on the road. The first scheduled home game is on December 5 against Mount St. Mary's.