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I agree with Solari- It's almost time for the return of fans

The University of Maine football team kicked off its six-game spring season Saturday afternoon with a 37-0 loss at No. 25 Delaware

The Black Bears will host Albany next weekend, with no fans being permitted at Harold Alfond Stadium per the current executive order of Governor Janet Mills pertaining to gathering limits.

But starting on March 26, Gov. Mills will be relaxing outdoor gathering limits, expanding them from 100 people to 75 percent capacity.

Does that mean that the Black Bears will be able to allow some fans inside the stadium when they take on Villanova on April 3 and New Hampshire on April 17?

That remains to be seen, but the Governor's pending relaxation of outdoor gathering limits signifies a light near the end of the tunnel for Mainers with Covid-19 fatigue.

By no means does that indicate the pandemic is over and that we should let our guards down, but this is great news for outdoor spring sports, including UMaine football.

The University has yet to announce any plans for fans to attend games at Alfond Stadium, and all three home games will be televised by WVII.

Hopefully, UMaine will allow spectators to attend, so long as mask enforcement and social distancing guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe. The school should. The grandstands are spacious enough for fans to spread out, and as long as gatherings are kept small, tail gating could be allowed as well.

This is good news in a time that this country sorely needs it. No matter what the scoreboard says, attending a college football game will give the people of Maine a small sense of normalcy as the country and the state slowly continues to crawl back to normal.

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