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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Monett fans to face new rules to attend road games

One of the biggest questions raised by area sports fans has been will spectators be allowed into high school sporting events.

With the regular season just a week away, the initial response is, indeed, a yes.

Monett football fans will run into a new attendance if the current situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) holds.

In the Big 8 Conference, 10 schools have not placed restrictions upon the number of fans allowed in its stadiums.

However, four have. Springfield Catholic, Marshfield, Logan-Rogersville and Mt. Vernon have placed a 50 percent capacity limit on stadium occupancy.

Cassville, which travels to Mt. Vernon week 1 has only been allotted 355 tickets for the game.

Monett, although still eight weeks away, is slated to travel to Springfield Catholic and will face a similar fate.

The Monett district will adopt a similar stance as Cassville has regarding the distribution of tickets is the seating limitation is still in place.

“As of this moment, I have been told that [we] can expect around 350-355 tickets,” said Doug Martin, Cassville athletic director. “We have 71 players on our roster, and the only fair way that I know is to take that allotment and divide it among those players. We want to make sure that their families can get into the game.”

Martin said it would not be fair to turn the ticket situation into a first-come, first-serve event at Cassville High School.

“Things change daily at this point,” Martin said. “We have no plans to limit fan attendance here in Cassville, but we will remind people of social distancing guidelines and also understand that if the Barry County Health Department changes its requirements, we will adopt new rules to remain in compliance. Safety is of the upmost importance.”

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