The men’s and women’s soccer programs hosted the Under the Lights team scrimmages Friday evening for students to watch live Bluejay sports for the first time this year.
The event included men’s and women’s intrasquad games, a meal and carnival games at the stadium’s northern plaza.
Multiple safety measures were put in place to ensure the safety of students.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” said Brandon McCarville, Creighton’s athletic director of facilities and operations. “Our students mean a lot to us. They bring a lot of energy to the game and to our student athletes and we need to get them back as soon as we can, and we need to be able to do it safely.”
All in attendance followed a mask mandate, grandstand seats were sectioned off sixfeet apart and staff monitored the concourse, advising students to social distance.
The event previews other possible Athletics-hosted events in the future as the Bluejays take the fields and courts again.
“I am just so happy that this has come together and look forward to seeing the smiles on faces of our players, enjoying that environment and playing in a pressure situation that is added by having more eyes on you,” women’s soccer coach Ross Paule said.
Those smiles are mutual for both teams.
“When coach announced that we were going to be having these Friday night scrimmages, straight away everyone’s faces just lit up,” men’s junior midfielder Callum Watson said. “We have something to look forward to again.”
Watson transferred last semester and has had minimal game experience with his new team because of the pandemic, so he appreciates the time getting to know the team.
A step toward normalcy, Paule said the games benefit the Creighton community.
“It’s a win-win situation for the players and students,” Paule said. “I look forward to it because it does bring what we would think of as normalcy, but now it's not normal anymore so I look forward to the time when it is normal again and when can do this on a regular basis.”
The men’s last scrimmage will be Friday at 6 p.m. while women’s holds another on Sunday at 1 p.m., at Morrison Stadium.