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. Chapel will meet three times a week with limited attendance and options for attending in-person and remotely.
Yes. We will 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.
Students will be required to attend a certain number of chapels (both in-person and remote) per session and will use an app-based attendance platform to record their attendance. Waivers will be given to those unable to attend in-person chapels due to work, distance, covid-19 concerns, etc. In those cases, students will still be required to attend the same number of chapels per session but will be able to receive credit for attending remotely.
Face coverings and social distancing will be required during chapel in the MOCC.
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.
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 spring 2021 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 spring 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 spring of 2021. 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 spring.
Spectator policies for winter and spring sports have not been decided at this time. More information will be released later.
A list of frequently asked questions will be posted on Grace’s website (www.gclancers.com) this week.
Home games 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.
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 unless they appear on the pass list.
Grace has partnered with HomeTown Ticketing to provide electronic ticketing. Grace College students and employees must register for an electronic ticket in advance of the game to ensure the 250 maximum capacity is followed.
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.
All tickets will be free.
COVID-19 POLICIES FOR SPECTATORS
All spectators in attendance 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 or Miller Athletic Complex 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 games?
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. 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 at Grace College for the 20-21 year.
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 this year. 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.
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 all games?
No. You must have a ticket or appear on the pass list in order to attend.
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.