Jan 22, 2021 7:00 PM

Great Bend High School ready to take on more fans at games

Posted Jan 22, 2021 7:00 PM
Up to four spectators per participant will be allowed at high school sporting events beginning Jan. 29, 2021.
Up to four spectators per participant will be allowed at high school sporting events beginning Jan. 29, 2021.

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

With Great Bend High School’s facilities, Activities Director David Meter knew USD 428 could handle more fans attending sporting events than what was permitted by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). KSHSAA made the decision in December to limit attendance to two parents or guardians per participant.

Reevaluating the spectator limits this week, the KSHSAA Board of Directors upped the restrictions to a maximum of four spectators per participant.  

"It does not say anything about parents or guardians this time," said Meter. "It just says four spectators per participant. Participants being players, coaches, cheerleaders and dance."

Meter says Great Bend administration and Western Athletic Conference members are going to discuss the changes to make sure everyone is on the same page for the remainder of the winter season.

GBHS has screened those attending games with temperature checks, making sure they have a mask and whether their name is listed as a parent or guardian. With any four spectators allowed per participant now, the approach will be easier for schools across the state.

"We will count the roster, coaches, managers, cheerleaders, dancers and pep band members," said Meter. "Once we get a number, we will multiply that by four to see how many people will be allowed in that night."

The proposal was approved by a vote of 46 in favor and 27 opposed. The change will take effect Jan. 29. Local school districts may choose to have stricter limitations based on seating and local health department guidelines. Meter says Garden City High School still plans on keeping attendance to two spectators per participant.     

"I am just thankful that we are going to have more people get to come to our games."