Free State, Lawrence High announce football attendance plans

photo by: John English/Special to the Journal-World

Free State High School's football stadium is seen from the air in this file photo from October 2009.

With opening night of the 2020 football seasons just four days away, Lawrence High and Free State released their attendance plans on Monday.

Both schools will cap their attendance for home games at two spectators per student participant. Those spectators will be identified ahead of time and added to a pass gate list at the ticket booths.

The cost for attendance will be $7 for adults and $5 for students K-12, and spectators will pay at the ticket booth on game nights.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. kickoff. This Friday, LHS will play host to Shawnee Heights and Free State will host De Soto.

In addition to limiting the number of fans in the stands, the schools announced a few other guidelines on Monday. They include:

• Masks are required to be worn at all times and spectators are asked to adhere to 10-foot social distancing practices.

• Tailgating will not be allowed.

• No walk-up tickets will be sold.

• There will be no student section.

• Concessions will not be sold.

• All spectators must remain in the stands and will not be allowed to stand on the track, on the field or any other location around the stadium. In addition, spectators will be asked to exit the stadium promptly at the end of the game.

Both teams at both schools will use outside areas at and around the football stadiums as locker rooms on Friday night and athletic directors from both schools said Monday that they were working on finalizing plans to stream the games online for fans who cannot attend.

Both games will be broadcast on the radio, with the Free State-De Soto game on 92.9 FM and the LHS-Shawnee Heights game on 101.7 FM.


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