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High School Sports - 9/30/20

Tangipahoa Parish prep football kicks off Thursday, Oct. 1, and School Superintendent Melissa Stilley says schools are taking every precaution to offer competitive sports that are safe for players and spectators alike.

Stilley said the biggest change spectators will notice is the very limited capacity that each stadium must adhere to in order to welcome fans at the games. State requirements limit stadium capacity at 25 percent, and  those attendance numbers are determined by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

In order to adhere to the state mandate, tickets for prep football games are only available pre-sale through the school. Stilley said the district encourages fans to contact the school office to get details on how to purchase advance tickets.

Tickets to TPSS home games will be $8 per person, and families will be allowed to sit together. Social distancing between groups will be required.

Face coverings are also required for entry into the stadium and throughout the entirety of the game. Stilley said spectators are allowed to bring their own hand sanitizer to the game, if they choose to do so.

The Tangipahoa Parish School System reserve the right to deny the right of spectators to attend future games if basic guidelines are not followed. Stilley said that includes use of face coverings and the social distancing guidelines.

TPSS schools will have an opportunity this fall to play at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Strawberry Stadium. Stilley said that this is an “incredible opportunity” for our high school students to play on a collegiate field, especially right here close to home. Admission to those games will also be $8 per person, but there is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle to park around the stadium. Stilley said that money helps defer the cost to use Strawberry Stadium.

“COVID-19 has forced us to adjust many of our longstanding prep sports traditions here in Tangipahoa, but I know that our community will do everything we can to make this work. At the end of the day, we want to showcase the talent of our local teams and afford our community a safe environment in which to watch and enjoy these games,” Stilley said.

For more information on the fall sports schedule, contact your local high school. Anyone who would like to offer feedback or concerns about how our schools are addressing the COVID-19 restrictions should email COVID@tangischools.org. Stilley said all feedback and concerns are reviewed for consideration in the district’s COVID response plan