High school teams across Daviess County will start competition Monday but who’s able to see those matchups this season has been limited.
Schools are following Phase 1 of the KHSAA recommended guidelines with capacity limited to 20% across the board.
“Our district will be basing our decisions for attendance on that guideline, but that does not mean that all sports will be allowing attendance or up to capacity at their events,” Owensboro Public School stated in a release.
The other area athletic directors said they’re doing things similar to the OPS plan.
Apollo High School Athletic Director Dan Crume said people are to be masked and they will be asked questions, in addition to a temperature check.
“During the event, social distancing is a requirement,” he said.
Daviess County’s Larry Logsdon said they are going with the same guidelines as the other local schools.
“We are pre-selling to capacity to athletes parents,” Logsdon said. “We are allowing visiting teams to purchase portions of the venue capacity.”
For Daviess County, the 20% capacity means 400 home fans at football, 100 at soccer and 80 at volleyball.
“All home tickets are season passes for the entire year,” Logsdon said. “We allotted four per athlete in football and soccer. We allotted 2 per athlete for cheer and dance. Volleyball families were allotted 5 per athlete.”
Masks will be required for all in attendance.
“Visiting football teams will be given a roll of allotted tickets to pre-sale at their schools,” he said. “Visiting fans from volleyball and soccer teams will send a list of attendees and they are the only fans from those teams that will be able to purchase that ticket.”
The DC concession stands will only be selling drinks, candy bars, candy and popcorn this season.
In a release from OPS Public Information Officer Jared Revlett, it states there will be no student section or marching band in attendance for any event.
Like other schools, masks are to be worn at all times.
The name and phone number of each spectator will also be recorded to help with contact tracing, the Owensboro Catholic Aces have already begun this process as they did the same thing as Friday’s green/white scrimmage.
Only drinks will be sold in the Red Devils’ concession stands this season.
For student-athletes, they will each be allotted tickets (football: 5, soccer: 3, volleyball: 5) for family members.
Those receiving tickets will be on a pre-approved list provided to the coach by the student-athlete. Visiting teams will be provided a limited amount of tickets the week before and sold through their athletic office.
Things are slightly different for Owensboro Catholic but like other schools, there will be no student section.
For football, tickets are sold out through season passes. There will no sales at the gate and away fans will get two tickets per player sold through the home team’s athletic office.
For soccer, tickets will be sold at the gate and there will be a maximum of 100 tickets for Aces while away teams have two tickets per player with a max of 60 fans. Family gets first priority.
For volleyball, both teams have a max of two tickets per player that will be sold at the gate.
Trinity (Whitesville) has already allotted their tickets for the fall season but athletic director Christina Rhodes said they’re working on possible streaming services in the coming weeks.