Thayer Hall

Outside hitter Thayer Hall made the All-SEC Preseason Team, which was announced Oct. 8.

The Gators announced that fans will be in attendance at Florida volleyball games this season.

Just two weeks before the team’s home opener, the University Athletic Association announced Thursday that it will allow 2,500 fans to fill the O’Connell Center.

The 2,500 that will be allowed to cheer on the orange and blue is 24% of maximum capacity at the O’Dome. For comparison, the UAA announced in August that The Swamp would have 20% of its capacity or 17,000 fans.

Masks and social distancing protocols are similar to what is seen on Saturdays in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where masks must be worn at all times unless spectators are actively eating or drinking. Florida will also allow fans to purchase seats in pairs of two or four on a single-match basis to help ensure social distancing. 

If fans don’t comply with the health guidelines set, it may result in the loss of ticket privileges. 

There will be no option for fans to buy season tickets. Single-match tickets go on sale on Oct. 19 for 2020 season ticket holders and Oct. 20 for the general public. 

Adult and kids tickets will be $5 and $1, respectively, while UF students can attend matches for free. 

The SEC announced on Sept. 9 that its teams will play an eight match, conference only schedule, where the Gators will play the four closest SEC schools twice. Those schools are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina. 

On Oct. 8, Florida was ranked No. 2 in the SEC Preseason poll, and outside hitter Thayer Hall made the All-SEC Preseason Team. 

UF kicks off its season against Auburn next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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Zachary Huber covers men's tennis for the Alligator. This is his first semester working for The Alligator. He's a junior studying journalism at UF.