Journey Back – Student Life
Yes! At Grace we believe gathering as a campus for worship, learning, and prayer is essential to our mission. During the pandemic, it will not possible for our entire campus – over a thousand people – to gather at the same time and in the same place. However, we are committed to holding in-person chapel services. While the specifics of our plans are still coming together, we envision three live chapels a week with limited attendance and options for attending in-person and remotely.
Yes. Our plans at this point are to use the entire MOCC arena to allow for social distancing with a live band, audience, and speaker. The band will be set up on the entire MOCC stage at the north end of the arena.
Chapel will remain an in-person production and will provide opportunities for both a live experience but with reduced capacity and social distancing, as well as opportunities to watch chapel live-streamed. Chapel will still remain a required activity for students. Our commitment to chapel as an integral part of the Grace education and experience has not changed, in fact, chapel may be more important to our community and personal well-being than ever. However, we are in the process of revising the chapel requirement from a “absence-based” to a “presence-based” system. Instead of being given a certain number of chapel skips each session or semester, you’ll be required to attend a certain number of chapels. We are also instituting an app based attendance platform for students to record their attendance.
Waivers will be given for receiving credit for attendance remotely for those unable to attend (due to work, distance, covid-19 concerns, etc) and those who need additional credits to meet the requirement. We are also brainstorming new options to earn chapel credit. As we begin the semester face coverings will be required during chapel in the MOCC. More information about chapel will be distributed to students during the first week back on campus.
We believe community is a big part of our campus. We look forward to engaging in student events and activities as we typically would with the appropriate physical distancing according to CDC guidelines. Masks will be required for indoor events and many outdoor activities when students cannot maintain at least 6 ft distancing.
Several events will be held in the large “event tent” that is now across from Indiana Hall or around the movie screen mounted to the library. There will also be additional virtual events (tournaments, trivia, etc.) this semester. Some events will require an RSVP or an online “check-in” through a mobile device.
Grace’s athletic department announced its policy for spectator attendance for the upcoming fall 2020 season.
The decisions by Grace College were made primarily for the safety and well-being of all attendees, including student-athletes, officials, staff and spectators.
“We are thankful for the support of our administration and the Crossroads League in order to have a fall sports season right now. All of Grace’s decisions regarding spectators have been made with student-athlete and spectator health as the top priority,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “We are excited to have our student-athletes compete again on their field of competition, and we look forward to having our parents, friends, families and students watch either in person or online.”
The policies below affect only Grace home athletic events for the fall of 2020. Fans wanting to attend an away game for Grace should verify the fan policies on each school’s website or the Crossroads League’s website before traveling this fall.
Spectator policies for winter and spring sports have not been decided at this time. More information will be released later this fall.
A list of frequently asked questions will be posted on Grace’s website (www.gclancers.com) this week.
Grace’s first home contests are on Sept. 5, including men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s soccer.
Home soccer and volleyball games this fall will be streamed online free of charge at www.gclancers.com/live.
WHO CAN ATTEND
Fan attendance at Grace home athletic events will be limited for the fall 2020 seasons of soccer, volleyball, golf and tennis.
Indiana has mandated as a state to limit large-group sporting events to 250 people at this time. Grace will follow that state guideline, resulting in a maximum capacity of 250 attendees (including game personnel, staff, etc.).
As a result, all Grace home contests will be limited to employees and students of Grace College. Additionally, each Grace coach and student-athlete will be given an allotment of tickets to give out at their discretion.
Grace will not allow fans from opponent schools or community members for general admission during the fall unless they appear on the pass list.
Grace has partnered with HomeTown Ticketing to provide electronic ticketing for the fall. Grace College students and employees must register for an electronic ticket in advance of the game to ensure the 250 maximum capacity is followed.
More information and links regarding the online ticket program will be shared with students and employees in the coming days.
Families of Grace student-athletes will need to reserve their spot through the pass list, which will be maintained by each respective team. Those on a pass list must present a photo ID in order to gain admittance to games.
No attendee will be permitted inside the facility without either an electronic ticket or appearing on the family pass list.
For soccer games at 1st Source Bank Field, spectators may not sit or stand outside the facility along the fence line in order to watch the game.
All tickets will be free for the fall.
COVID-19 POLICIES FOR SPECTATORS
All spectators in attendance for the fall 2020 season will need to adhere to social distancing procedures, ensuring six feet of separation between fans.
Immediate family members may sit together in closer proximity, but family members must identify themselves at the gate upon entering to receive sticker identification.
Spectators and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while in attendance of Grace home events, regardless of the facility being indoors or outdoors. Exceptions will be made to those with medical conditions, which must be previously approved by Grace College’s Human Resource office or Grace’s campus nurse.
Sanitizing stations will be available at the entrance to Grace’s facilities, and attendees are encouraged to clean their hands upon arrival.
Concessions will not be available at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (volleyball) or Miller Athletic Complex (soccer, tennis) at this time.
Public restrooms will be open at all facilities, but masks must continue to be worn and social distancing upheld whenever possible.
Game management personnel will be present to strictly follow all Grace College and Kosciusko County policies both inside and around our athletic facilities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do I get tickets for the fall season?
Attendance will be strictly limited to Grace students and employees as well as families of Grace’s student-athletes and coaches. Grace students and employees will obtain a ticket online (online link TBA). Family members will reserve a spot on a pass list, which is maintained by each respective team.
How much will tickets cost?
There will be no charge to those who attend an athletic contest in the fall at Grace College.
Will I need to show my ticket at the gate?
Yes. Grace students and employees must present either an electronic ticket or printed ticket in order to gain entrance to the facility for each game day.
Will I be able to obtain tickets at the gate before a game?
Attendees will not be permitted inside the facility without either appearing on the pass list or showing their electronic ticket. Since tickets will be limited, it is strongly encouraged to reserve your ticket online well in advance of each contest.
I am a member of the Warsaw/Winona Lake community or a parent of an athlete on the away team. Can I attend games at Grace?
Unfortunately not for the fall of 2020. All home games will be streamed online at www.gclancers.com/live for free, and we encourage you to follow along that way.
What is HomeTown Ticketing?
HomeTown Ticketing is Grace’s online ticketing provider. Grace College students and employees will need to reserve a ticket for each game online. The link for online tickets will be made available in the coming days.
How do I get on the student-athlete pass list?
Contact your student-athlete or member of the coaching staff for discussions about the home pass list.
How will tickets be given out?
Once you reserve your ticket, you will receive an option to either save an electronic ticket or print out a physical ticket. You must bring either your electronic ticket or physical ticket to the gate to gain admittance.
If you are on the pass list, you will need to show photo ID for verification.
Can I sit with my immediate family without social distancing?
Yes. All immediate family members must identify themselves at the gate upon entering. Family members will be given sticker identification to allow families to sit together.
Will my season pass work for fall games?
No. You must have a ticket or appear on the pass list in order to attend.
When will I be able to reserve my tickets to Grace sporting events?
Grace is in the final steps of constructing an online ticket site. All tickets will be reserved at that site.
Will this policy be the same for basketball games in the winter?
Winter sports policies have not been determined yet. More communication will be shared later in the fall.
Do children or babies need a ticket?
Yes. All attendees must have a ticket in order to comply with the Indiana state mandate of 250 total attendees.