Season’s first high school football game in Sedgwick County comes with extra precautions, limited crowd

The Goddard Sports Complex is the site of the first high school football game of the 2020 season in Sedgwick County.
The Goddard Sports Complex is the site of the first high school football game of the 2020 season in Sedgwick County.(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 5:05 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The start of the 2020 high school football season in Kansas kicked off Thursday night, featuring the first football game of the year in Sedgwick County as the Hays High School Indians traveled to Goddard to take on the Eisenhower Tigers.

Plans were in place for fans to maintain social distancing as each family was asked to maintain six feet of separation from other groups as they entered the gate. There were also hand sanitation stations as fans walked up. Masks were required for people in the crowd along with temperature checks at the gate.

The Goddard school district cut down the stadium’s capacity to about 25 percent or 1,250 people.

With the limited number of tickets, the district wanted to make sure that family members of athletes were able to attend if they choose to do so.

“Each kid can buy up to four tickets, so every kid in our program can still attend the game,” Eisenhower Head Football Coach Darrin Fisher said. “We have live-streaming capabilities as well, so we let parents know you can attend the game or watch from home.”

While players, coaches, and fams will have to follow strict guidelines this season, Goddard Public Schools Athletic Director Eric Adams said the precautions are worth it in order to make games possible.

“But it’s just great to see kids do what they enjoy doing,” he said.

Thursday night’s home opener for Eisenhower was also Senior Night. Adams and Eisenhower’s coaches said they wanted to honor the seniors on the first game of the season in case games are canceled later in the year due to COVID-19. They said players, especially the seniors, are grateful to have the chance to at least start the season.

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