Fans Can Return To The Stands

School officials say they have strict guidelines in place to practice CDC recommendations, the first step was to limit the amount of people in the stands at football games.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 11:32 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 9:38 AM

School officials say they have strict guidelines in place to practice CDC recommendations, the first step was to limit the amount of people in the stands at football games.

"We are really excited to announce that we are going to allow spectators at our games this week" says EVSC District Athletic Director Andy Owen.

Wednesday the EVSC announced that fans will be able to cheer on their favorite teams from the stands. However, having spectators in attendance has raised questions for health officials.

"I think it is the right choice to make, a lot of these kids have worked their tails off their whole lives" says parents Bobby Dutton.

While fans can attend the game a limited number of tickets will be pre-sold, ticket windows at Friday night football games will be closed until further notice.

"For the football games that are outside, we will have a limit of 500 fans, 250 for the home team- 250 for the visiting team" says Owen.

"I don't think the people will have a problem socially distancing or wearing a mask and what not" adds Dutton.

School administrators stress the importance of social distancing, families will be able to sit with each other in the bleachers and lawn chairs will be allowed.

"We hold the right to ask someone to leave if they can't comply, social distancing and wearing a mask are mandatory" says Owen.

Students who attend school sporting events must now be accompanied by an adult per the new policy.

Fans will have designated entrances based on the team their rooting for.

"Some sports is better than no sports, right now we have so much negativity going on in the world, we need something positive to look forward to" says Dutton a sports fan and father.

Unlike years before spectators will now have to leave immediately following each contest.

School personnel are encouraging anyone with a previous medical history to stay home.

Dutton adds, "I completely support the school boards choice to do this, it is the right thing to do".

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