The Bartow County and Cartersville City school districts have released adjusted game day procedures for the quickly approaching 2020 football season, which begins next week.
Most notably, both districts announced that stadium capacity will be limited in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to text message conversations with the county athletic directors, Adairsville and Cass will be able to sell 3,600 tickets for their games at Tiger Stadium and Doug Cochran Stadium, respectively. Meanwhile, Woodland is capped at 3,000 tickets for games held at Wildcat Stadium.
“All Bartow County high schools will be offering ticket presales,” the Facebook post stated. “Spectators are encouraged to purchase tickets early to ensure event admission. Contact your local school for specific ticket information.”
Adairsville and Cass are each scheduled to open the season next week at home. The Tigers are set to face Chattooga, and the Colonels will welcome Dawson County to town. The county rivals are scheduled to face off Sept. 11 at Cass.
Woodland begins the year next Friday with a road trip to Gordon Central before hosting Osborne in its home opener.
As for the Canes, they will kick off their 2020 campaign in front of a half-full (or half-empty) stadium next week, when Morrow visits. Per the website posting, 500 of the 2,500 tickets available for purchase will be offered to the visiting team.
Parents of Cartersville players, cheerleaders, band members, sports medicine students and “Canes Vision” students, who run the jumbotron and do the live stream, will have the chance to purchase four tickets per home game. Those tickets will be available for purchase between 8 a.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday of each week in which there is a home game.
“Coaches will share the link with parents and students will be given an access number that parents will use when purchasing tickets,” the website post stated.
All tickets that aren’t sold during that window will be consolidated. A link to purchase the unsold tickets will be made available to the public through the Canes' athletics website at 8 a.m. Wednesday of game week.
Also of note, Cartersville fans will enter through the stadium gates located off of Tennessee Street and near the new athletic facility. Visiting fans will be asked to enter through the Church Street gate.
The concession stands at Weinman will offer pre-packaged items and drinks for sale.
Bartow’s Facebook post asks that parents and spectators remain off the fields following the end of the games.
Both district letters noted that social distancing is encouraged at games, as is the use of masks when social distancing cannot be achieved. Also, each letter outlined situations in which individuals shouldn’t attend, including having COVID symptoms, being in contact with someone with COVID or having recently traveled to a COVID hot spot.