Dedicated football fan and junior Emma Fraser is still attending games this year despite new protocols for fans in the stands. People attending can no longer cheer on their team in the student section, but instead social distance with each other in the regular stands. Although these new guidelines might stifle the atmosphere of the game, Fraser is grateful for being able to attend with her friends.
“Everyone has to wear a mask the whole time and social distance so that everyone can stay safe,” Fraser said.
As well as wearing masks and social distancing, NEISD asks that if fans are experiencing any COVID symptoms that they don’t enter the stadium and to not sit on the marked rows.
“Where I was sitting there were police officers at the bottom of the stands checking to see if people were social distancing and making sure that they were wearing their masks the whole time,” Fraser said.
Fans are required to follow these expectations when seating or while getting concessions during the game.
“When getting food at the concessions you have to put the money under the glass protecting thing (glass divider), and you have to be wearing your mask. Also when you are in line to buy the concessions you need to be six feet apart from everyone,” Fraser said.
Changes in protocols for attending games developed as well as the way fans will purchase their tickets for each game.
“When you buy the tickets you have to get them online for eight dollars each. And when you get the tickets online you’ll get a QR code, and that’s what they scan to let you in the game,” Fraser said.
All of these rules of conduct are set in place at Comalander, Heroes Stadiums, and the Littleton Gym. Although these expectations for attending games can be perceived as harsh or overbearing, Fraser still enjoys attending games.
“I feel like it’s really worth it to go so that you can support your school, and you can see people you haven’t seen in a long time in a safe way,” Fraser said.