The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday, and the Pitt Panthers will start league play on Dec. 16 with a trip to Miami, one of three December games in their ACC slate this season.
The Panthers’ ACC home opener will be Dec. 22 against Louisville. Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, NC State, Clemson and Wake Forest will also come to the Petersen Events Center this season as part of a 20-game ACC slate.
Pitt also announced that due to state and local COVID restrictions, only 1,250 fans will be permitted to attend each of their 14 home games this season. Tickets for those games will be offered on a single-game basis. First priority of tickets will be given to the 2019-20 season ticket holders and any tickets remaining will then be made available to non-season ticket holder Panther Club members, followed by the general public.
In terms of those 1,250 fans allowed in the building, that number includes players, coaches, staff, home and visiting allocations and venue personnel. The school says that they’ll be to seat 350 students, which includes the Pitt Band, the Panthers’ spirt squads and members of the Oakland Zoo, which have been moved to sections 107-116 for the 2020-21 season.
“We are excited to have our conference schedule set as well as a plan that will enable families, the Oakland Zoo, our loyal donors and fans the opportunity to join us at the Peterson Events Center,” said head coach Jeff Capel. “This season is going to look different in nearly every way, but it is going to be a great opportunity for our program to compete and grow in the face of adversity.”
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, certain areas such as the 200-level of the Peterson Events Center will be closed until larger crowds are permitted. The school says that 400 seats will be available in sections 117-126 and sections 101-104 to returning season ticket holders, followed by Panther Club members and then the general public.
All fans at the Peterson Events Center are required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.
Pitt’s non-conference schedule, which can begin on Nov. 25, will be released at a later date. The Panthers will just play four non-conference games in November and December along with their ACC/Big 10 matchup against Northwestern on Dec. 9.
Pitt’s ACC conference schedule will be:
Dec. 16 at Miami
Dec. 22 vs. Louisville
Dec. 29 or 30 at Duke
Dec. 2 vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 9 vs. Florida State
Dec. 12 or 13 at Georgia Tech
Jan. 16 vs. Syracuse
Jan. 19 or 20 vs. Duke
Jan. 23 at Boston College
Jan. 26 or 27 vs. North Carolina
Feb. 2 or 3 vs. Virginia Tech
Feb. 7 at Wake Forest
Feb. 9 or 10 at Louisville
Feb. 13 at Syracuse
Feb. 16 or 17 vs. NC State
Feb. 21 vs. Clemson
Feb. 23 or 24 at Virginia
Feb. 28 at NC State
March 2 or 3 vs. Wake Forest
March 5 or 6 at Clemson