Rules, guidelines in place for Valdosta’s season opener, Bazemore-Hyder to be at 100% capacity

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 9:11 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB/WCTV) - High school football is back this Friday and, in Valdosta, the Wildcats are putting no limit to how many fans can watch the debut for new head coach Rush Prost.

Valdosta High School will kick its season off against the Warner Robins Demons at a Bazemore-Hyder Stadium that will be able to be at 100% capacity.

If you’re planning on coming to watch the game, you must wear a mask, which will be required to be worn at all times.

Only essential personnel will be allowed on the sidelines. No fans will be allowed on the field before, during or after the game. There will be no limited capacity.

The band will also be missing from the bleachers, they will perform virtually; this will allow extra space for fans.

Social distancing will be implemented while at the ticket booth and concession stands.

Last week, Propst told WCTV that he wanted to see a full stadium, but was not sure what the school board or city would allow.

“Yeah, we’re 100%,” Propst said. “Everyone is required to wear a mask. We are taking all the safety precautions: hand sanitizer, bands are not allowed to be there so people can spread out a little more. The football team will spread from 10-to-10, instead of the 25 box. Our players will definitely be away from each other.”

Valdosta City Schools Athletic Director Reginald Mitchell says they’re trying to keep it as normal as possible.

“Well, I’m consciously optimistic right now. It’s not Friday yet, so once the ball is kicked off, then I’ll know it’s for real. But we’re excited, we have a new era starting this year with the new head coach, Rush Propst, and kudos to him and his staff with the time we in it was very challenging to come in as late as he did and put a staff together and get our young men ready to play football,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell says he’s been watching the team and is excited about the possibility of Valdosta Wildcat football becoming a national powerhouse once again.

The game kicks off on Friday at 8 p.m., and is WCTV’s Game of the Week.

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