Changes are coming to Sumner County football stadiums in 2020 as we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per the TSSAA, fans in attendance for any sporting event are required to wear a face mask and have their temperature checked to enter any respective stadiums.
If a person or persons records a temperature of 100.4, they will not be allowed attendance to the game under any circumstances.
“We are doing everything that we can to ensure that games are played,” Sumner County Athletic Director Mike Brown said. “This will be one of those things that will get better as we move forward.”
Brown also added that no fans will be allowed on playing surfaces at any time.
For TSSAA specific guidelines, visit tssaa.org/returntoplay.
Tickets & capacity
Sumner County will allow schools to run half capacity for home football games, which is up from the one-third capacity suggested by the TSSAA. Brown understands the move to allow more fans is aggressive, but crowds will still be way less than usual.
Most football stadiums in Sumner County can hold up to 3,000-4,000 fans in their stands, but now only 1,500-2,000 tickets will be sold.
Brown added that each school's fans should contact their administration to see how tickets will be distributed as no school will sell tickets on game day at the stadium.
“We are trying to avoid ticket lines, so all ticket sales will be done presale,” Brown said. “If you do not have a ticket before the game, do not come.”
First dibs on tickets for football games will be for football, cheerleader and band parents and then season ticket holders. After those groups are sold tickets, the remaining tickets will be sold to the general public.
Concession stands will undoubtedly have to operate this season, as they usually are run by one of the school’s other athletic programs for funding.
How concessions operate is still in question. For schools like Gallatin, Athletic Director Jason Frech said only cash will be accepted for all sports and football, exact change only.
He added that an “in” and “out” route will be highlighted for fans.
Frech said that for football, visiting fans are encouraged to park on Kraft Street and utilize the visitor's concession and mobile stand.
High schools across the county will post their specific guidelines at the concession stands, but athletic directors say fans should expect to distance themselves in line and have patience for the workers.
If you are uncomfortable attending any game in person or cannot get access to tickets, reach out to your school administration to see how you can stream the game. Most schools use the National Federation of High School Sports Network, while others use Facebook Live. For internet or radio broadcasts of select Sumner County teams, visit WHIN.com.