Stadium puts in place ticket, spectator policy changes due to COVID-19

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Christi Norris

Lit up to recognize Prosper’s Mighty Eagle Band, the district’s Children’s Health Stadium hosts the annual “Meet the Eagles” event. The event started at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, and finished the night with fireworks. The first football game of the season is against Prestonwood Christian Academy Sept. 25 at the Children’s Health Stadium. The stadium policies have changed, including those for ticket purchases as well as spectator conduct.

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Because of new COVID-19 safety policies, the district no longer sells stadium tickets at the gate of sports games. Ticket sales are staggered throughout the week to comply with the capacity changes, and to give respective priority to those who want to attend. All tickets must be purchased online, and fans should not redeem their purchased tickets until they are at the gate. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are limited due to capacity rules. Passes, student athlete stickers and PISD teacher badges will not be accepted in place of a ticket. The first varsity football game of the season will be against Prestonwood Christian Academy Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., and gates will open at 6 p.m.

Parent tickets went on sale Sunday at 1 p.m., with a limit of four tickets per family. Current season ticket holders can purchase their tickets Monday at 7 a.m. with a limit of two per ticket holder. Current Prosper High School students are limited to one ticket, and can purchase tickets Monday at 12:30 p.m. Finally, the general public and visitors can purchase tickets Wednesday at 7 a.m. If a spectator leaves the stadium after entering, they are required to purchase a new ticket to gain re-entry.

Spectators must wear face coverings at all times while in the stadium. To enter, all spectators must answer “no” to the COVID-19 screening questions. Spectators must maintain social distance from others who are not in their party. Cash will not be accepted at the concession stands. Only credit or debit cards will be accepted.

This season, the district has not designated a student section. Fans are allowed to bring hand-held signs. However, they must be positive in nature and are not allowed to mention the opponent. Spectators are not allowed to cross over between the home side and the visitor side. Videotaping without authorization is prohibited. Athletes, fine arts groups and team personnel are not allowed to interact with fans.

Fans are permitted to bring only one bag that meets the safety requirements set for the stadium. One option is that bags must be clear and cannot exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Clear plastic 1-gallon freezer bags are also permitted. Small clutch bags are allowed, but cannot exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items, but will be inspected. Diaper bags are permitted, but must be accompanied by an infant.

The policy for bags entering the Children’s Health Stadium continues into the 2020 season. Coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, computer bags or any bag larger than the permitted size are not allowed. Strollers and outside drinks are a few things that are also prohibited. (PISD stadium bag policy)