Vanderbilt AD issues statement after Tim Corbin's comments on Tennessee crowd
More fans will be able to cheer on the Vandy Boys in Nashville starting this week.
Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Storey Lee made the announcement in a statement posted to Twitter. Lee started her statement by quote-tweeting a Tennesseean article about Commodores coach Tim Corbin’s comments about the Tennessee crowd.
“Like Coach Corbin, I’m eager to get back to ‘normal’ and fill our stands at Hawkins Field. We also understand that the dynamics in each metropolitan area are unique and the pandemic is ongoing,” Lee’s first tweet reads.
She continued, “Local conditions continue to determine protocols, such as our venue capacity. We cannot exceed the capacity limits set by our partners at Metro Public Health. We are in constant communication with them and have increased attendance only when permitted.
“The good news is that the limit has increased and we will adjust starting this week. We are allowing as many fans as the established venue limitations allow. Thank you for your unending support of our student-athletes, especially during such a unique time.”
After Vanderbilt’s 10-4 win at Tennessee on Sunday, Corbin compared the atmosphere in Knoxville to the home Hawkins Field environment.
“This environment here, I don’t know what we’re doing in Nashville, but there aren’t many empty seats (at UT) now,” Corbin said, per Adam Sparks of The Tennesseean. “Let me just tell you, COVID does not exist in Knoxville. There are a lot of people here having a good time, and sometimes at our expense.
“We just needed to do our part to play baseball. They created a very good environment here for baseball, and I credit them.”
Sparks notes that Nashville metro guidelines now allow for 40 percent capacity at outdoor arenas, though Vanderbilt will also need to follow a 6-foot social-distancing guideline. Vanderbilt’s pre-pandemic capacity for Hawkins Field was 3,700. The Commodores played to crowds in the 600s during the last home series against Georgia.
Vanderbilt hosts Austin Peay on Tuesday before a big three-game home weekend series against Mississippi State.
Like Coach Corbin, I’m eager to get back to “normal” and fill our stands at Hawkins Field. We also understand that the dynamics in each metropolitan area are unique and the pandemic is ongoing. https://t.co/Mye7VOvYcC
— Candice Storey Lee (@VandyAD) April 19, 2021