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Athletic director talks limited event attendance

By Travis Smola

Schoolcraft Athletic Director Jeff Clark briefly spoke about attendance at sporting events in response to the coronavirus pandemic at the Schoolcraft board of education meeting.

Clark noted that he has spoken with the MHSAA and the health department on the issue. The MHSAA put out guidelines allowing for up to 1,000 people at events, but only if facilities allow that – and Schoolcraft’s do not. The district will allow 30% capacity at outdoor venues and 20% capacity at indoor ones.

Tickets will be prioritized to each parent of a student athlete. If a family is separated with divorced parents, they will be able to get four tickets if they need them. After parents, priority shifts to student spectators starting with seniors first, juniors second.

Clark noted that capacity at Roy Davis Stadium is 480 fans under the rules and that attendance must be split between home and visiting teams – 240 for each team. For volleyball, the limit will be 280 fans and for the upcoming basketball seasons only 180 will be allowed in. Clark said this is due to the configuration of the bleachers and the court.

He said they will continue to stream sporting events live via YouTube for anyone who can’t attend in person.

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