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Changes to school sports mandated by state

Photo Courtesy of Mena Public Schools / Editing by Jeri Borst

Bob Carver Bearcat Stadium held a socially distant crowd during Mena’s scrimmage against Mansfield Friday, Aug. 21.

 

 

By Jeri Borst

A recent decision from the Arkansas Department of Health may result in tempered noise from football fans on Friday nights.

An Aug. 14 mandate to public and private K-12  schools laid out rules for large outdoor and indoor  venues for school sports.

According to a letter to schools from the Department of Health the requirements must be met.

“These restrictions are not the desire of anyone in the district,” Mena Public Schools Communications Director Mark Hobson said. “However, for the health and safety of our players, coaches and fans, we must adhere to the guidelines set by the ADH and governor. We are fortunate, at this time, to be able to continue with our sporting events.”

The new rules set forth by ADH include anyone over 10 years of age must wear a face covering at all times. Single-household family groups can sit together but must be 6-feet apart from other groups or individuals.

Seating areas will be marked such that every other row is unoccupied.

Anyone found not to be in compliance with the regulations set forth by the ADH will be asked by an administrator or security officer to comply. Refusal to follow directives will result in removal from the premises.

Due to the new guidelines, MPS will no longer allow free admission passes other than those issued by the Arkansas Athletics Association.

Ticket Prices:

Per game admission is $5 per person.

Football Games: -Bearcat Stadium Capacity-680

Football Players, Band, and Cheer will be issued a certain number of redeemable tickets first. Then there will be a limited number of tickets available to the general public (no more than 2 tickets per person) that can be picked up at the Central Office the day of the event from (8:00am to 3:45pm).

Volleyball Games (7th-12th grade):–UBC Capacity-240

Volleyball players will be issued a certain number of redeemable tickets first. Then there will be a limited number of tickets available to the general public (no more than 2 tickets per person) that can be picked up at the Central Office the day of the event from (8:00am to 3:45pm).

Football and Volleyball Visitors: a limited number of tickets will be provided for the visiting team at the beginning of each week. State officials are not allowing band and cheer to attend away games. (The same will happen when the Bearcats/Ladycats go on the road—we will get the ticket information out ASAP for these events.)

Hobson said tailgating before athletic events is not allowed and attendees will not be allowed on the track, field, or court at any time before, during or after the event. Immediately after the event, fans need to exit the facility.

During multi-game nights, parents are encouraged to exit the facility when their child’s game is over to allow room for other parents/family the opportunity to watch their child’s game.

“Hopefully, we can complete our seasons as scheduled and you can help by supporting our efforts,” Hobson said.

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