IHSSA restricts spectators; reduces attendance

EMMA'LE MAAS, Executive Editor

Following the governor’s proclamation on Nov. 16, the Iowa High School Sports Association (IHSSA) announced they would be limiting attendance at the upcoming playoff games.

Last week, the governor had let the games go on as she considered them an “outdoor venue” due to the large size of the dome and it’s capability to socially distance.

Now, only two spectators per athlete will be allowed to attend, and only one side of the dome will be utilized.

Those who had already purchased tickets can expect an automatic refund.

Currently, supporting participants do not get two additional spectators. These supporting participants include but are not limited to: coaches, managers, trainers, statisticians, video operators, game officials and cheerleaders. All halftime shows, performances or appearances have also been cancelled.

Face coverings and social distancing measures are still required in the Dome per UNI and state guidelines.

The games will be broadcasted through a free livestream, the free IHSSN app or a selection of broadcast television networks.

Six games will be featured in this week’s playoffs:

Thursday, Nov. 19

10 a.m. St. Mary’s, Remsen vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor | Eight-Player

2 p.m. Grundy Center vs. Regina, Iowa City | Class A

7 p.m. Harlan Community vs. North Scott, Eldridge | Class 3A

Friday, Nov. 20

10 a.m. OABCIG vs. Van Meter | Class 1A

2 p.m. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock vs. Waukon | Class 2A

7 p.m. Southeast Polk vs. Ankeny | Class 4A