The highly anticipated Arizona high school football season begins later this week, but not everybody will be able to soak in the return amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Crowd restrictions will be in place, with each school coming up with their own limits and protocols to try to assure safety at games.
Scottsdale rivals Chaparral and Saguaro will be opening Friday night at Saguaro High School. That usually draws one of the largest crowds in the state. Saguaro has one of the state's largest home-side stands in Arizona, but fans will be limited.
Scottsdale Unified School District is making pre-sale tickets available for family members only, limited to two per player, Saguaro Athletic Director Matt Harris said.
Tickets will not be available at the gate for home football games. Masks are mandatory for everyone as soon as they exit their vehicles, and must be worn until they re-enter their vehicle. Social distancing needs to be observed, with space on all sides and in front/back of all spectators, according to the district.
Fans also are asked to bring plenty of water, because drinks and food cannot be brought in to game sites and concession stands will not be open.
Spectators must stay in the stands unless they need to use the restroom, and they must exit the facility immediately after the game, the district mandates.
These will be the SUSD protocols until further notice, Harris said.
Saguaro's other home football games are Oct 23 against Chandler Hamilton, Gilbert on Oct. 20 and Notre Dame Prep on Nov.13.
The district also includes teams at Arcadia, Coronado and Desert Mountain high schools....