School district allows 33% capacity at sporting events

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Ben Blackie

Run! Austin Kravetz runs for the ball during a 2019 soccer game. Kravetz then scored a goal.

Ben Blackie, Editor In Chief

On Sept. 22, Athletic Director, Phil Riccio, announced that all athletic games will have a 33% capacity. 

“We are thrilled to announce that the AASD Board of Directors has approved 33% spectator capacity at all AASD athletic contests beginning Friday, Sept. 25”, Riccio said.

These are very trying times for everyone. Please be respectful and understanding. The AASD event staff is there to assist you and to ensure safety for all.”

— Phil Riccio

To meet certain guidelines, spectators will have to pre buy tickets before game night. 

“Because of these variables, we will continue to sell tickets on a weekly basis and all tickets will be General Admission tickets. We will not be offering reserved or season tickets this year; however, if you are a season ticket holder, you will be guaranteed your seats for next season,” Riccio said. 

A change in parking has been made as well. 

“Parking is available for $3 dollars a car at Columbia Park. This benefits AAHS student athletes,” Riccio said. 

Modified food concessions will also be available. 

“Concessions will be open for bottled water, soda and pre wrapped food and snacks,” Riccio said. 

New rules have also been created to keep spectators safe. These new rules include masks being mandatory when social distancing isn’t possible. Spectators being limited to the bleachers, bathrooms and concession stands and mask are to be worn when using the restrooms and visiting the concession stands. 

These rules also apply to the field house. 

“All other venues, including girls’ volleyball will follow the same capacity guidelines. Tickets for home matches will be offered to parents first, then the general public. Senior passes will be accepted, but based upon capacity does not guarantee admittance,” Riccio said.