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University of Florida Athletic Director, Scott Stricklin, expressed optimism about the fall sports calendar in a UF Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday.

In addition, Stricklin stated that the current plan is for those games to be played with fans.

“What will our venues look like once those games are played? That’s a popular question and one for which there is no clear answer.

Our goal is to accommodate as many Gator fans as UF Health and state health officials deem appropriate.”

Stricklin continued by stating that “by early August, we should have a better idea what fan attendance can look like.”

Last month, SEC officials approved fall sports student-athletes’ return to campus for Monday, June 8 with the remaining seasons set for a July return.

UF athletics have remained in a holding pattern since COVID-19 grasped the entire country, forcing the cancellation of winter sports championships and practically the entire spring sports calendar.

Soccer is slated to open the 2020-21 sports calendar with a match on August 21. Volleyball is scheduled to open on August 28 and football is set to kickoff on September 5.

*Information for this article came directly from the UAA press release and Chris Harry.