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People are growing tired of all the COVID-19 restrictions still in place, especially in sports. We can safely assume Dan McDonnell is one of them, as the Louisville head baseball coach went on an epic rant on Tuesday evening.
Following his team’s 7-2 home win over Vanderbilt, the No. 2 team in the country, McDonnell voiced his displeasure with the limited fan capacity for home games. Even though baseball is an outdoor sport, the state of Kentucky has limited attendance to only 20 percent.
And McDonnell isn’t happy about it. Check this out.
— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) May 4, 2021
“I’m beyond frustrated. I’m tired of it,” McDonnell said. “We’re an outdoor sport — I mean, come on, let’s go people. Put on The Masters, watch the Derby, watch the games in the SEC and other ballparks. It’s an outdoor sport. You want to risk it, you risk it. I’m tired of playing games without people in the stands. So, let’s open it up and let’s let our fans come, and let’s let them enjoy some Louisville baseball.”
Louisville is currently ranked No. 11, and hosting an NCAA Regional is within reach. But that won’t do much good if fan capacity is only set at 20 percent. That’s not enough to create any sort of homefield environment.
We’re watching more and more places increase attendance, even up to 100 percent in some places, and that becomes frustrating for people such as McDonnell. We all know full attendance possible, but nothing has been done about it.
Good for McDonnell for speaking out. He was just saying what a lot of coaches, players and fans are feeling, and they deserve a voice.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.