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Superintendent White announces social distancing guidelines for Thursday’s benefit football game

Mount Ida Superintendent Mike White has released a set of guidelines regarding attendance at Thursday night’s benefit game against the Lavaca Golden Arrows.

The benefit game will be played Thursday, August 20. Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. and the game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be $4 instead of the regular $5. The night will feature a senior high game only.

Superintendent White states in his press release that all Mount Ida fans are asked to enter through the home side entrance by the field house. All Lavaca fans are to enter through the north entrance behind True Value Home Center. There will be X’s marking six feet intervals at each entrance. Everyone is asked to keep a safe six foot distance at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances.

Seating capacity on the home side will be 440 spectators and the visitor’s side capacity will be 140 spectators. All Mount Ida fans are expected to stay on the home side of the field.

All Spectators are to follow social distancing guidelines. Families can sit together. Every other row will be marked off and cannot be occupied in the bleacher area.  On the bleachers that can be occupied, there will be x’s marking social distance spacing. Empty spaces around the field will be marked with X’s to assure a safe six foot distance for those who would like to stand or bring lawn chairs.

State directives require everyone 10 years of age or older to wear a mask while at the game. Masks must be worn at all times unless someone is drinking or eating. The mask must be placed back on immediately after finishing your food or drink.

Concessions shall comply with the current Directive Regarding Resuming Restaurant Dine-In Operations.  Six foot marks will be placed on ground for social distancing while in line at both the concession stand and restroom areas.  Surfaces will be wiped down and disinfected frequently.  Hand sanitizer will be placed around bathrooms and concession area.

Superintendent White asked that for the safety of all students involved in the game that no unauthorized persons enter the fieldhouse.

There are no plans to presell tickets for Thursday’s benefit game, but it is being considered for future home games.

Superintendent White stated. “If we are going to have a season, we are going to have to all abide by these rules.  As always, thank you for your patience.”

Mount Ida is set to start the 2020 season Friday, August 28, at Danville. The Junior Lions will open their 2020 season at home Thursday, August 27. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.


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