Gillespie CUSD #7 announced they have increased capacity for the football season from 50 visitors to 600 visitors including 400 home spectators and 200 visitor spectators.
In February, the school released a policy allowing just 50 home spectators to events which were all indoors at the time.
Football season is slated to begin this Friday, March 19 and will be homecoming for the school. Attendees are asked to bring bottled Gatorade since the usual annual Gatorade scrimmage couldn’t take place. The school’s senior night is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 2.
The school said each athlete including players, cheerleaders, dancers and band members will receive four home tickets for March 19 and April 2. Football players and cheerleaders will receive three tickets for each away game.
No one will be admitted into a home or away game without a ticket, the district announced. Any extra tickets that student-athletes cannot use are asked to be returned back to the office to allow other high school students to use them.
When attending games, all spectators will be required to wear face masks and socially distance in bleachers and in standing area. Gillespie fans will park in the North parking lot on Broadway Street across from the front of the high school or in the East parking lot behind Dairy Queen. Gillespie fans will enter through the East gate, get their temperature taken, and show their ticket.
Visiting fans will be asked to park at Ben-Gil Elementary and enter the facility through the West gate. Porta potties and a concession stand will be provided for the visiting fans on the West side of the field.
Concession stands with pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be available for all attendees.