Mississippi high schools ready for more fans in the stands

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PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — High School football games in Mississippi should have bigger crowds this weekend.

Governor Tate Reeves has increased attendance from two attendees per player to twenty-five percent of stadium capacity.

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This is a boost for crowds early in the season.

If you come to the game at the Cougar Den at North Panola, you have to wear your mask from the get-go, even when you are in line and seated in the stands.

“Based on some of the guidelines given to us by the state we are making sure that they wear masks in the stands and that they are social distancing,” said North Panola Athletic Director Christopher Yancy. We are doing that yes sir.”

With the Governor’s change in the attendance policy, Yancy told us the focus is on the priority for the tickets.

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“We are actually still working on making sure that our families are our first priority and the players and the participants we are making sure that they have first dibs on the tickets and after making sure of that we open it up to the general public to see our football program on Friday,” Yancy said.

While the Cougar Den normally holds about 1400 people, the max attendance will be around 350 including guests on Clarksdale’s side.

Yancy told us the players are fired up and ready to go.

“I think our players are just wanting to play and they are young and energetic and they are happy to have some kind of season so we want to make sure they are safe,” Yancy said.

The game starts Friday at 7 p.m.

The Athletic Director told us that none of the North Panola team members has been sick with COVID-19.