Waynesville High School and Waynesville Middle School will allow a limited number of fans to attend home sporting events during the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.
Capacity for all Ozark Conference competitions will be limited to 50 percent of occupancy. Masks will be required at all times unless social distancing can be observed.
“As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision because we love to have our stadium packed with Tiger fans, but we placed our highest priority on our (Missouri State High School Activities Association) participants and their families,” said Cory Ace, Waynesville’s director of MSHSAA activities. “We want to give families an opportunity to see their son, daughter or grandchildren participate before opening it up to the general public.”
Immediate family members and grandparents of MSHAA participants, which include the players, cheerleaders, band members and JROTC Color Guard, will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for each sporting event that their student will participate in. The R-VI Athletic Office will email links to parents so they can purchase the tickets online. The purchase of tickets for away games will be limited to family members only, due to the limited availability.
Families of MSHSAA student participants have from now through Aug. 19 to reserve their family tickets for away games.
Once the number of family tickets and visiting team tickets have been determined, the remaining tickets for each sport will be made available for sale on a weekly, first-come, first-served basis using an online ticketing system for students and the general public. Details about the public system will be announced at a later date.
Annual and season passes, along with reserved seating at home football games, have been eliminated this year. Reserved-seating patrons will have the option to purchase their reserved seats when normal activities can resume.
Unless students are immediate family members of MSHSAA participants in the sporting event that is being played, only WHS students will be allowed to attend high school athletic events. Waynesville Middle School students will only be allowed to enter middle school athletic events.
At this time, there will be no concession stand at Waynesville home games. A limited amount of pre-packaged and unopened food items and non-alcoholic beverages will be permitted to enter the stadium; however, individuals must clean up after themselves. Failure to abide by the guidelines may result in removal from the game and/or forfeiture of tickets for the remainder of the season.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by Marianne Ward, Waynesville R-VI School District Office of Communications and Marketing.)