Pitt will continue to host men’s and women’s basketball game at Petersen Events Center through the remainder of December, the athletic department announced on Thursday, but will do so without fans in attendance in order to comply with the ramped-up COVID-19 mitigation guidelines announced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday.
“While saddened by this news, the safety of teams, fans and employees at the University of Pittsburgh remain the top priority,” a Pitt statement read.
The Panthers had been able to host up to 500 individuals, including a few dozen fans, for men’s basketball games at the Pete under the previous iteration of the governor’s guidance.
This new policy is slated to last for just three weeks to help reduce the spread of the virus during an anticipated surge over the holiday season.
The Pitt men’s basketball team will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the women are set to host Clemson on Sunday at noon.