Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of sports have actually found ways to continue playing. Oftentimes, it means gamers and coaches on the field or court doing what they carry out in front of no fans. Nevertheless, as we have actually seen over the previous several months, a number of sports leagues have discovered creative methods to try and reproduce the video game day experience even though there’s no one there enjoying. Many pipe in crowd sound over the sound system. The NBA put fans in the stands essentially through video conferencing software, while others have filled seats with cardboard cutouts of alumni, TV and motion picture characters, and even fans of the groups themselves. The University of Evansville is taking the latter path by giving you an opportunity to be inside the Ford Center for upcoming home video games without really being in the Ford Center for upcoming house video games.

The University announced during a joint press conference with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke a number of weeks earlier, a maximum of 500 “attendees” would be enabled inside the Ford Center during home basketball video games. Outside of gamers, coaches, and other vital team member for both teams, those attendees include “a limited number of UE students, house and checking out team households and guests as identified by the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference, designated video game day personnel, present Aces Help Members, and other contractually obliged partners.”

If you don’t fall into one of those categories, then sorry, the opportunities of you having the ability to watch the group face to face is slim to none.

But, even though you may not have the ability to exist face to face, a cardboard cutout variation of you can be there in your place to show the team and the program they have your complete assistance. According to the UE Athletics site, the expense of the cutout depends on where you ‘d like it put inside the arena. Endzone “seats” (behind each basket) and front row sideline seats that won’t be seen during TELEVISION broadcasts of video games will run you $50, while non-front row sideline seats that will show up on TELEVISION are going for $75, and front row sideline noticeable on TELEVISION will cost you $100.

For an extra $15, you can have your cutout signed by UE Men’s head coach, Todd Lickliter.

As soon as the season is over, you’ll have the ability to pick up your cardboard cutout self at the Carson Center on the UE school, or you can have it shipped to you for an additional fee.

In a press release sent out Monday early morning, Assistant Athletic Director, Bob Pristash states money raised from the sales of the cutouts will go straight to the Sports Department, but did not use specifics on what the funds would be used for precisely.

To see what the cutouts will look like, and to buy yours, go to the UE Sports site.