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Winter sports begin at Cornell, with some precautions

After an entire year with no Ivy League athletics, Cornell’s teams and coaches have been excited to get back to action this fall. Outdoor events have been taking place with few restrictions, but indoor games present more challenges.

Cornell has decided not to offer season tickets for its winter sports, such as basketball in Newman Arena, and men’s and women’s hockey in Lynah Rink. “After careful consideration and weighing many factors, we have decided to sell all tickets this semester (through the end of 2021) on a single-game basis only,” the university said. “We truly believe this is the best course of action to take in hopes of returning to full capacity by the start of the regular season, while also making responsible, week-to-week decisions in this ever-changing environment.”

As Cornell men’s hockey takes to the ice at Lynah Rink on Saturday night for an exhibition game at 7pm, spectators are asked not to bring in any food or drink, and no concessions are available. Bags are discouraged, and subject to inspection, and all spectators must wear masks at indoor events regardless of vaccination status. Cornell staff and students must present a Cornell ID, and other attendees must provide proof of vaccination or the results of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.

The scheduled Red/White Game, an annual tradition letting fans see the hockey team on the ice before intercollegiate play begins, was quietly removed from the schedule. This year’s edition, slated for Friday night, October 15th, would have featured both men’s and women’s hockey teams, as has been true the previous few seasons. Cornell Athletics representatives did not respond to requests for comment about the status of the game.

Single-game tickets for each upcoming Cornell Athletics event will be available beginning the Monday before each game at

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