Here’s What You Need to Know About High School Sports Fan Policies in El Paso
As the high school football season gets ready to kick off this week, several school districts revealed their plans for limited fan capacity at football games and other sports for the fall.
While most of the districts have similar protocols—masks required for everyone, limited capacity, etc.—there are still some decisions that vary district by district.
Socorro ISD Athletic Director JJ Calderon joined SportsTalk on Monday to break down the district's attendance rules and guidelines for their student-athletes. Varsity football teams will allow two parents per senior athlete (home team), along with permitting a pair of parents from the senior students in band, cheerleading, student council and other activities. Parents of the visiting teams will not be allowed in the first week. Two parents per senior athlete is the standard for SISD in other sports like tennis, cross country and volleyball. Calderon explained that the scheduling is "flexible" to allow for changes and the district plans to update the community on a weekly basis about fan capacity.
Similarly, the El Paso Independent School District will have limited fans at games this weekend for "senior nights" to honor its senior athletes. Games from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 will be limited to parents and guests of senior students participating in the game, such as players, band members, dance, cheer and ROTC. Beginning on Oct. 8, all games will be open to the public with limited capacity. EPISD plans on an online ticketing system to help better facilitate this process. They are also working out details to allow for fans at indoor games, such as volleyball, in the future.
Ysleta ISD made a decision a bit differently than SISD. They will allow two parents for each participating student-athlete at football games this fall. YISD will monitor seating capacity stadium by stadium. The district outlined a plan to seat parents in different groups, separated six feet apart from each other. Seats will be reserved, all patrons will have their temperature taken and masks will be required at all indoor and outdoor events.
All home games for Canutillo ISD and athletic events will admit two family members per participant to go to the games. Each player at Canutillo will get tickets for the home games. All fans will go through health screenings before entering the stadium. They will not allow any parents on the court, field or near the athletes after the games.
And then on the flip-side, a COVID-19 case internally canceled Cathedral football's first two games of the season. The Fighting Irish was set to face Mountain View this Friday and play Jefferson in week two. They are the second team to cancel games after Irvin High School cancelled their first two games due to a positive COVID-19 case.
In place of Cathedral, Mountain View will play Bel Air on Friday since the Highlanders were supposed to play Irvin in week one. Hanks, who was set to play the Rockets in the second week, might try to schedule Jefferson to fill the open weeks.