About 2,000 tickets remain for the Crosstown Showdown football game between Abilene High and Cooper at 7 p.m. Friday at Shotwell Stadium.
The 15,075-seat stadium, which usually is at capacity for the rivalry game, will be limited to just less than 5,000 seats because of COVID-19 guidelines from the University Interscholastic League and other entities, said Dr. David Young, Abilene Independent School District Superintendent.
Advance tickets are available for purchase at the high schools and One AISD Center until 5 p.m. Wednesday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for students. (Student tickets are available at the schools only.)
If any tickets are available at game time, the cost is $10 each (for both adults and students).
Attendees will be health-screened at the entrances before allowed into the stadium.
“You’ll probably want to arrive in time to navigate a little more hassle than normal on a Friday night. Everyone must have a ticket. There are no passes allowed for the game,” Young said.
To ensure social distancing, seats unavailable for fans are marked with a yellow “X,” Young said.
Everyone older than the age of 2 is required to wear a mask, according to the district website.
“The UIL is being very serious about safety protocols at athletic events,” Young said.
School districts that fail to ensure appropriate measures are followed could face harsh repercussions, Young said. They include banning fans or barring teams at future UIL sporting events, Young said.
“I’m just asking our community to help us be sure we do this appropriately on this Friday night and on subsequent sporting events throughout the year,” Young said.
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