The UCLA men’s basketball team is scheduled to play before a substantial number of fans at Pauley Pavilion for the first time since Dec. 1 Tuesday when it faces Arizona, ranked third in the latest Associated Press poll, six spots ahead of the Bruins.
The university announced Jan. 11 that attendance at all home indoor athletic competitions — including men’s basketball — would be restricted to team members’ families through Jan. 21 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
UCLA let the ban against the general public attending home indoor athletic competitions expire Friday.
“While we’re excited to welcome fans back, all spectators must continue to wear a face mask when not actively eating or drinking,” the university announced. “Failure to comply with wearing a face mask may result in future competitions without fans.”
Since their 73-61 victory over Colorado at Pauley Pavilion Dec. 1, the Bruins have had two home games postponed and two others canceled because of coronavirus issues with their team or their would-be opponents.
The team has played at Pauley Pavilion three times in January before crowds announced at 236, 119 and 141.