As the COVID-19 pandemic gets more and more under control with each day, college athletic departments are preparing for a return to normalcy.

That group includes Indiana. The Hoosiers are preparing for “mostly normal operations” in fall of 2021 according to a letter sent to students and faculty by Indiana University president Michael McRobbie on Wednesday. That includes classes returning to campus.

An IU spokesman also provided a statement to — a 247Sports affiliate site that covers the Hoosiers — and indicated that fans are expected to return to football and basketball games later this year.

“We’re proceeding with season ticket renewals and working with the bursar’s office for students to return to games,” Indiana spokesman Jeremy Gray told “We’re not certain what the situation will be next fall, but we’re planing for the safe and healthy return of fans to Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

“As always, we will rely on our medical experts for any limitations or considerations to implement as we approach the fall.”

Indiana football will open its 2021 campaign at Iowa on Sept. 4. The Hoosiers’ home opener is against Idaho on Sept. 11.