As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the State of Ohio has put several procedures in place for all Ohio high school sporting events that will drastically affect how we watch high school athletic events this fall. Here are the changes you need to know:
School venue capacities are set at 15 percent. We are permitted to have a total of 1,500 spectators at Troy Memorial Stadium (that’s the total capacity, including both sides of the stadium), a total of 113 spectators at Ferguson Field, a total of 66 spectators in Troy Junior High School gym and a total of 300 spectators in the Troy High School Trojan Activities Center.
Each school Troy faces in away contests will have different seating capacities based on the size of their stadium or gym. The number of fans that will be permitted to attend will be determined by the host site. Our plan is to communicate this information to coaches to pass on to their athletes and parents as soon as we can on a game-by-game basis.
We all need to have two goals/priorities for the fall.
Provide opportunities for as many family members and loved ones of our athletes to attend games. For venues where seating is limited, our primary focus is going to be on providing tickets for senior athletes, cheerleaders and players at the coach’s discretion first.
Every ticket we are allotted will be sold. For example, if an athlete is allotted 4 tickets and they will only need 2, we offer the extra tickets to another athlete’s family.
With the above goals in mind, below are a couple of things that we are doing to do to help increase opportunities for spectators.
For contests that are scheduled/played as double headers, such as JV/V volleyball, 7/8 volleyball, JV/freshman football & 7/8 football, we will ask spectators that attend the first game to leave at its conclusion to open up seating capacity for the second game.
Due to such low capacities at Ferguson & the JH, we are reworking the schedules to move as many games as possible from Ferguson Field to Memorial Stadium and from the junior high gym to the high school gym to permit as many family members as possible to attend games.
Soccer and volleyball matches Tickets will be sold at the gate.
For most of our home soccer and volleyball events, based on past attendance numbers, there may not be a cap on the number of tickets allotted per athlete family. The same can be said for away contests in these sports, depending on the venue. Family members will be able to sit together, but family groups will need to follow the 6′ social distance between each other.
- Staff members of players, cheerleaders or students in the marching band that are playing at soccer games will still count towards the allotted tickets. These staff members will present their staff ID at the gate for admittance to the game.
- Senior citizens will need to show their Senior Citizen Pass at the gate and will still count towards the players allotted tickets.
For varsity football games, a set number of tickets will be allotted to players, cheerleaders and band members. For away games, schools will tell us what our allotment will be. This number will be communicated to Troy coaches and band leaders, who then will need to decide how to prioritize the distribution of the tickets. When ticket quantities are limited, families will need to decide who will use their allotted tickets.
Away varsity football games Tickets will NOT be available at the gate.
Tickets for away varsity football games will be sold as presale only beginning on Tuesday each week of an away game. The host school will give Troy a set number of tickets and it will be up to the Troy Athletic Department & coaches to determine how they get distributed to athletes and cheerleader families (the band will not travel to away games).
This number will change from school to school, based on the size of their venue. For athletes and cheerleaders, we will utilize a voucher system based on the allotted tickets we are given by the host school. Vouchers must be redeemed for a game ticket by the end of the school day on Wednesday.
Any unsold tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to our senior students for purchase during the school day on Thursday. At the end of the day on Thursday, any unsold ticket(s) will go back to the host school to be sold on Friday.
Home varsity football games Tickets will NOT be available at the gate.
Tickets for home varsity football games will be sold as presale only, based on the number of tickets allotted per athlete, cheerleader and band member using a voucher system. Ticket sales for home varsity football games will begin on Tuesday each week of a home game for families who have vouchers. Vouchers must be redeemed for a game ticket by the end of the school day on Thursday.
Tickets will also be offered to Troy High School senior students on Thursday. Each senior student will have the opportunity to purchase 1 ticket.
Any remaining unsold tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to the general public online through the athletic website beginning at 6:00 PM on Thursday using the link below.
All-Sports Passes will not be sold for adults or students this year and, with only three home varsity football games, we will not sell reserve season passes for varsity football. There will be no MVL passes issued this season.
We will not accept Troy Senior Citizen passes unless they are a part of the player’s, cheerleader’s or band member’s ticket allotment. Senior citizens will need to show their Senior Citizen Pass AND a voucher at the gate.
Staff IDs will not be accepted unless the staff members is with a Varsity/JV football players, football cheerleaders or students in the marching band. They will still need to obtain a family voucher from their coach to use along with their staff ID at the gate. These staff members will present their voucher AND their staff ID at the gate for admittance to the game.
Due to limited seating, there will not be a junior high school or elementary student section at any games. This age group can attend but will be required to sit with their family based on the ticket allotment.
Health Screening for Spectators
Spectators should perform a wellness check prior to coming to a contest. If they are not feeling well, have a temperature of 100 or higher OR any of the other COVID symptoms, we ask that they stay home to help us protect the wellbeing of our coaches, athletes and other spectators. All spectators will be required to wear masks at all events (indoors or outdoors). Family members will be able to sit together but groups will need to follow the 6-foot standard of social distance between each other. All spectators will need to follow the 6-foot standard of social distances in and around the venue (ticket gates, concession lines, restrooms, bleachers, etc).