(WSPA) – The South Carolina High School League said it will be up to each individual high school in the state to determine how many fans can attend football games this season.
The SCHSL said the one requirement is that fans must be spaced 6-feet apart.
Schools will be allowed to include “standing room only” sections and non-traditional seating areas to determine stadium capacity.
All spectators and staff must wear masks at the games.
Indoor events will be limited to 50 percent capacity, according to the high school league.
For concessions, the SCHSL requires that only prepackaged foods and drinks be sold while encouraging a use of touchless payment options. They also refer schools to follow CDC guidelines for restaurants and bars.
Gathering of crowds prior to and during athletic events, such as tailgating etc., is prohibited.
To reduce the flow of traffic during these events, the SCHSL requires that venues have separate entrances for home and away fans.
7 News spoke with one Spartanburg County High School about their plans to follow these guidelines.
“You will not be allowed into the stadium or into the arena without a mask. You’re also going to have a temperature check as you come in,” Athletic Director at Dorman High School, Flynn Harrell, said.
According to the SCHSL, all spectators and staff will have to keep a mask on throughout the entirety of a sporting event and will not be allowed to congregate with others.
“We’ll have separate entrances at our athletic venues for the different teams,” Harrell said. “We’re not going to be crossing over from the visiting side to the home side.”
In fact, Dorman High School is already putting out markers to remind folks to keep their distance.
“We have tape marks out on our bleachers and in our stands where fans are able to sit and maintain that social distancing,” Harrell said.
But, in order to follow the social distancing guidelines, less people will be allowed to attend games.
“For volleyball this fall, we’re looking at 400 as being our maximum that we can safely have in here,” Harrell said. “And then, at Cavalier Stadium, we’re looking at about 3,000 being the max that we can have, which takes us to about 25% capacity.”
Of those 3,000 tickets that Dorman High expects to sell, 500 of them will be allotted to visitors.
On the home side, athletes’ families will have the chance to purchase tickets first, then students, and then everyone else.
“We realize that, unfortunately, we’re not going to have the crowds that we typically have at a normal football game,” Harrell said.
But they’ve come up with a solution so that fans can still be a part of game day.
“We’re going to stream our home events,” he said.
Harrell believes if people follow the safety guidelines, it will be a successful full season of sports.
“Everybody’s having to make a few sacrifices along the way, but we think, long-term, we can make this happen if we all work together,” he said.
It’s important to mention that each school’s ticket sales will vary as they have different-sized stadiums and arenas.
To see the SCHSL Spectator/Facility Requirements for Venue Use, click here.