After an initial delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota Duluth announced Monday it will be sending information to season ticket holders in the coming week while also posting hockey and fall sports schedules for 2020-21.
“These schedules are being released in preparation of, and with optimism, for competition this fall despite the current challenges of COVID-19,” reads UMD’s schedule announcement. “If, for any reason, any portion of the 2020-21 home schedules do not take place, ticket holders who purchased tickets directly through the UMD Athletic Ticket Office will have the option to either receive a refund for the canceled game(s), or have a credit toward a future ticket purchase.”
The first scheduled games for UMD in 2020-21 are on Friday, Sept. 4 in Houghton, Michigan when the women’s soccer team takes on Michigan Tech while the volleyball team takes part in a tournament hosted by the Huskies.
The football team opens 2020 the next day on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Upper Iowa. UMD football returns home the following week to host Minnesota State-Mankato at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Malosky Stadium in the first scheduled home event on the UMD campus.
The home openers — and NSIC openers — for soccer and volleyball are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 with soccer hosting Minot State and volleyball hosting Wayne State.
The women’s hockey team is scheduled to host the NWHL’s Minnesota Whitecaps in an exhibition on Sept. 26 at Amsoil Arena — which is part of the city-owned Duluth Entertainment Convention Center — followed by an Oct. 2-3 nonconference series with Robert Morris.
The UMD men’s hockey team has a home exhibition on Oct. 3 against University of Guelph before hosting Minnesota, Minnesota State-Mankato and Providence in the Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 9-10 at Amsoil Arena.
“These are unprecedented times, and we understand that there is still a great deal of uncertainty going forward, but we are also excited to look ahead to getting back to competition in the future, whenever that may be," UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo said in a release. "As soon as we can return to competition, our teams are energized to compete for conference and national championships and we look forward to having Bulldog Country in the stands to cheer them on again soon.”