Upper Valley high school ticketing and attendance policies

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/30/2020 4:25:53 PM
Modified: 10/7/2020 11:47:29 AM

High school sporting events across the Upper Valley have returned, both in New Hampshire and Vermont. 

For the sake of clarity and ease, the Valley News has compiled a list of schools' spectator policies that follow their respective state’s health guidelines. 

Editor's note: School policies are subject to change based on the latest mandates from each state’s government. This page will be updated as new policies are released and passed on to us. 

Hanover

All outdoor events are limited to two immediate family members per Marauder player. No away fans will be allowed, and Hanover students won’t be permitted at games unless they are an immediate family member and using one of the two permitted tickets.

Spectators who are allowed at games will be required to wear a mask entering, during and exiting the event. Families can sit together but are to stay socially distant from each other. 

Hanover’s volleyball team, which plays in a gym, does not allow spectators into matches.

Hartford

All rostered Hurricane student-athletes will be allotted at least two will-call tickets to each game at Hartford. 

All rostered visiting student-athletes will be allotted two will-call tickets to each game at Hartford — these are the only spectators from the visiting team that will be allowed into the venue.

Any remaining tickets will be given out at the gate starting 30 minutes before the published game time. Unclaimed will-call tickets from will be released to the stand-by line at the published game time.

Once 150 spectators are inside the venue the entrance gate will be closed. All spectators are required to wear a mask.

Lebanon

Student-athletes for Lebanon and visiting teams will each be allotted two tickets for guests. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Mascoma

All fans and spectators are required to wear masks or face coverings while on school grounds and playing facilities. 

Entry will be denied to spectators who are without a face covering. All are required to practice social distancing while attending sporting events. 

Mascoma’s volleyball team does not allow spectators in the gymnasium. Select games will be live streamed throughout the season.

Mid Vermont Christian 

The Eagles are requiring all fans to socially distance and wear a mask at all times. 

Newport

All fans and spectators are required to wear masks or face coverings while on school grounds and playing facilities. 

Entry will be denied to spectators who are without a face covering. All are required to practice social distancing while attending sporting events. 

Oxbow

The current capacity for each Oxbow event is 150 spectators — student-athletes, coaches, team personnel and officials do not count towards the spectator count.

Each Oxbow athlete will be guaranteed two spectators for parents; visitors will be guaranteed two spectators per participant. Remaining spectator spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rivendell

Two family members per athlete and coach will be given priority for attendance. Following that allotment, spectators will be permitted to watch on a first-come, first-serve basis until the gathering capacity of 150 is reached. 

Sharon

No policy provided. 

Stevens

No fans are allowed at volleyball matches, which are played indoors. Face masks and social distancing are highly recommended and encouraged at all Stevens sporting events. 

Thetford

Each athlete, home and away, will receive two reserved tickets. Spectators without reserved tickets will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the 150-person cap is reached. Face coverings are required while on Thetford’s campus for athletic events.

White River Valley

Guests are expected to wear a properly fitted face covering at all times. Each athlete will be allotted two tickets for each game — for visitors, these are the only spectators that will be allowed. There will be no concessions or bleachers.

Windsor

Two spectators will be allowed game attendance per each athlete and coach on both rosters. Entry for spectators will begin 30 minutes before the start time of each game. 

For ​soccer​ and ​field hockey, attendance has been ​increased to three spectators per athlete on the roster. Roster size is the deciding factor here, as both soccer teams and the field hockey team each have less than 25 athletes on their rosters, and attendance has averaged 60-70 spectators, well below the state limits.

All fans must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. Spectators who neglect these rules will be asked to leave immediately, and attendance at future games may be jeopardized.

Yellowjacket athletes who complete practices on campus may stay on site to watch games as long as they continue to follow COVID-19 precautions.

Parents who bring younger children to sporting events are responsible for keeping those children close at hand, as their own ability to maintain proper social distancing is limited. No concessions will be available at games and attendance is free of charge. 

Woodstock

Attendance will be limited to two spectators per athlete and coach on the roster. All spectators must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing. 

Woodstock athletes completing practices on campus may stay on site to watch games. Parents who bring younger children to the athletic facilities are responsible for keeping those children close at hand as their own ability to maintain proper social distancing is limited. 

Buildings are closed to guests, and concessions will not be available.

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com. 




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