Athletic Events & COVID – Mitigation Plans Fall 2020

Sep 09, 2020 | Community Relations

In an effort to provide the safest environment for our student athletes and coaches, LCISD Athletics has developed a COVID Mitigation plan for Athletic Events. Part of that plan is to follow the seating recommendations developed by the UIL to promote social distancing during the pandemic. This seating plan will create very limited capacity at our athletic venues and events.

As such, we have devised a ticketing strategy to prioritize the parents/guardians of our athletes as attendees at our events as much as possible. We are also installing cameras in as many venues as possible to allow the streaming of athletic events so that fans who cannot be in attendance can still enjoy the performances.

To provide the safest environment possible to our students, staff and fans; Lamar CISD will follow the UIL COVID Risk Mitigation Guidelines for establishing seating capacity and operating protocols at athletic events until further notice.

  • Indoor athletic contests in our gymnasiums, will be limited to fans from schools within LCISD only for the immediate future.  As the COVID Risk Level decreases, this policy will be reviewed and updated.

  • All fans 10 years of age or older at any LCISD Athletic Event will be required to wear a face covering while in attendance per Executive Order GA‐29.

  • All event workers, sports officials and members of the media will be screened prior to entering any LCISD athletic contest.

  • Media requesting access to events, will need to contact the LCISD Athletic Office prior to the event to be pre‐approved and have space reserved.

  • Space in the press box at Traylor Stadium will be limited to credentialed media and will be reserved the week prior to each Varsity football game by calling the LCISD Athletic Office at 832‐223‐0147.

  • Due to the fluid schedule and need to keep participants and fans separated there are currently no special events scheduled in conjunction with any sporting events in LCISD such as but not limited to; parent nights, junior high nights, senior nights, homecomings, special performances by student groups.

  • Non‐participants will not be allowed onto the playing area per UIL guidelines.  This includes non‐staff, parent volunteers in student sections of the bleachers and during the halftime performances.

  • We will not be accepting any passes for any LCISD athletic contests until further notice.  All fans will need to redeem a ticket in order to enter a stadium or gymnasium.

  • For campus events and sub‐varsity contests, all tickets will be $3.00.  Athletes will be given an allotted number of tickets prior to the day of the game for their parent(s)/guardian(s) to redeem if they choose to attend the game.  This is being done to prioritize the parents/guardians of all athletes and ensure available seats are equally reserved for LCISD parents.

  • Varsity Football tickets will be sold online through our GoFan portal and all tickets will be $8.00. Football parents will receive a link to purchase tickets on Sunday of game week and then Band, Drill Team and Cheerleading will receive a link on Monday to purchase tickets.  If any tickets remain, a public sale link will be made available on Tuesday morning.

  • We have designated 197 seats for Band and Drill Team on the Home side of Traylor Stadium and 180 seats for Band and Drill Team on the Visitor side of the Traylor Stadium.  If the visiting team isn’t attending the game, those seats will be made available for purchase by the visiting team.

  • LCISD Bands, Drill Teams and Cheer Teams will not be traveling out of Lamar CISD to attend Varsity football games until further notice.

  • There will be no fan seating in the LCISD Natatorium for swim meets at the current time so that those seats can be utilized to socially distance swimmers in between races.

  • Athletic events at Traylor Stadium, the LCISD Natatorium and in our high school gymnasiums will be live streamed via the internet so that fans who cannot be in attendance can still view their favorite LCISD athletes in action.  More information regarding live streaming will be shared via social media and from team coaches.