Competition opens with four action-packed days starting Sept. 1
Norwich University is planning for full athletics schedules and no spectator restrictions at all home events this fall in a return to full pre-COVID-19 campus operations.
President Dr. Mark Anarumo on June 18 announced Norwich’s return to pre-COVID-19 operations, four days after Vermont Gov. Phil Scott lifted all state COVID-19 restrictions and ended Vermont’s state of emergency mandating face masks, gathering limits and other restrictions.
Norwich University athletics schedules and attendance policies are subject to change pending any new federal, state and local guidance related to student-athletes’ and fans’ health and safety.
Norwich University will play its first-ever nighttime home football game at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 against Salve Regina on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
Norwich’s fall athletics season will open Sept. 1 and usher in an action-packed first four days.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams will play Sept. 1 when the men host Northern Vermont University, Lyndon on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium and the women visit Keene State, both for 7 p.m. kickoffs.
The women’s soccer team will play its first home game at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 against Northern Vermont University, Johnson.
Sept. 3 will be a huge day on The Hill with the opening of the third Vermont College Volleyball Classic in Andrews Hall Gym. Norwich will welcome Northern Vermont University, Johnson; Northern Vermont, Lyndon; Castleton University; and Western New England University for a two-day round-robin-style tournament that will feature five matches each day on Sept 3 and Sept. 4.
The Cadets open the tournament at noon Sept. 3 hosting NVU-Lyndon and close the first day’s games at 8 p.m. against Western New England.
Sept. 3 will also mark the first night game in Norwich University football history when the Cadets open their 2021 season against Salve Regina at 7 p.m. at Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.
On Sept. 4, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete in their first 2021 races at the Colby Sawyer Charger Invitational in New London, New Hampshire. Back on campus, volleyball hosts NVU-Johnson at 10 a.m. and Castleton at 6 p.m. on the Vermont College Volleyball Classic’s second day. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will also play — the men hosting Wentworth at 1 p.m.; the women opening Great Northeast Athletic Conference play at St. Joseph’s (Maine).
So far, the men’s and women’s rugby teams are set to make their home regular-season debuts Sept. 11, when the men’s team marks its 51st anniversary and the women’s team marks its 37th. The women will host Bowdoin College; the men will play Brown University. There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a dedication for the Cadets’ new nearly $1 million clubhouse as part of the golden anniversary weekend festivities.
Complete fall schedules will be posted on www.norwichathletics.com as they are finalized and available.
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