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Valdosta State welcomes back 'Complex Crazies,' safely and socially distanced

Posted at 11:38 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 23:38:16-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — There is nothing like playing at home, you're familiar with the court, you get to sleep in your own bed and you have your fans to cheer you on. Even in a pandemic, Valdosta State's fans, the "Complex Crazies" made sure they didn't let their Blazers down.

"We came out and I was like, oh my gosh!" said Valdosta State head men's basketball coach Mike Helfer

"It gets us going, it gets us ready. They cut the lights off - we know it's gametime," says VSU guard Cam Hamilton.

"We have done everything we can to try to maintain that as much as we can, but yet, still work within the rules and the policies and the safegaurds we need to to keep everybody safe," adds Herb Reinhard, Valdosta State's athletic director.

The Complex caps at 1,100 fans. What season ticket holders don't fill, the Crazies are more than happy to take their seat, socially distanced, of course.

"They completely understand if I want to have a college experience, I've gotta do it safely. Everyone has worked really well with all of the restrictions and things like that," said Fire Pit president Alexandria White.

"What's college athletics without student participation? We think we have a good gameplan, so hopefully, it'll work," added Reinhard.

A game plan the Blazers can get behind.

"The crowds going to get into it and can be a factor for anybody, but it's really a factor for us," Helfer mentions.

A factor only the Complex can provide.

The Blazers next home game? This weekend when they host Lee. Game one is Friday night at 7 and you better believe the Crazies will be there.