Welcome to 2021 Texas Volleyball: A guide to gameday

Hannah Williford

This Friday, students will be able to attend the Longhorns’ first volleyball game of the season in full force after a year of limited-capacity games. Here’s what to expect for those attending their first game, or first game in a while:

Two games will occur over the weekend, with the first on Friday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. against San Diego and the second against UT-San Antonio on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the Gregory Gymnasium and will be aired on the Longhorn Network for those unable to attend in person. 

The Longhorns enter the season as the top team in the 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll, the top team in the Big-12 Coaches’ poll and with five All-Americans. They currently have a 4-1 record against San Diego and a 10-0 record against UTSA. Fans can reference the Texan’s guide to the 2021 volleyball team and the Texas Volleyball Fact Book to learn more about individual players and the team as a whole during the game.  

A Texas Athletics spokesperson said doors open one hour before the match begins, but advised students to arrive at the games early as seating for the student section is general admission. While students will usually need to have the Big Ticket to enter games, all students are welcome for the first game of the season on Friday. Pizza will also be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to students.

Although masking and vaccinations are encouraged by the University, neither will be required for the game. The stands for the game will also be at full capacity and held indoors. 

“All Longhorn fans are encouraged to follow University guidelines to create a safe and enjoyable gameday environment,” a Texas Athletics spokesperson said. “Masks are strongly recommended at Texas volleyball matches regardless of your vaccination status.”