Story courtesy: NM State Athletics
The three sweetest words to any NM State coach, student-athlete, athletic administrator or fan at this particular moment?
Home sweet home.
Tuesday evening, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the easing of the state’s COVID-Safe Practice for Intercollegiate Sports guidelines. The most important part of the amendment to the state’s guidelines now states all athletic teams at NM State are allowed to hold in-state practices.
While home games are still not allowed to occur for the Aggies in New Mexico, it will allow Aggie athletic teams to conduct practices contingent on testing protocols which all teams have been in compliance with since the beginning of the state’s guidelines.
NM State teams have not been able to practice in full since spring of 2020 as a result of the state’s guidelines which limited practice to groups of five individuals at the university level.
NM State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are currently living and practicing at the Arizona Grand in Phoenix, Ariz., while playing their “home” games in and around the Phoenix area. The Aggie men’s team arrived at the Arizona Grand on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, while the women’s team arrived in early January of 2021.
Definitive practice plans and competition schedules for the majority of the Aggies’ athletic teams have not yet been unveiled, but with Tuesday’s announcement, it is expected those plans will be made soon.
For now, it is also not known where the Aggies will hold their “home” games for their various athletic teams. Wherever the “home” sites for the Aggies’ various teams end up being, that information will be made available on NMStateSports.com.