When N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper eased the 100-person limit at outdoor sporting venues on Feb. 24, athletic directors at the Wilkes high schools started formulating plans on how to fill the football stands to 30% capacity starting this Friday night.
At Wilkes Central, where the 1-0 Eagles will host 0-1 North Wilkes in Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference action, advance tickets for varsity football will be sold via the HomeTown Ticketing service. Online tickets will be sold starting Tuesday mornings of home football weeks at https://wilkescentral.hometownticketing.com/embed/all.
Central Athletic Director Chuck Cannon said Friday that the school, in using HomeTown Ticketing, “hopes to prevent patrons being turned away on game night when limited capacity is reached.
Games will no longer be streamed on YouTube.”
Cannon said that masks must be worn at all times by spectators and that social distancing must be practiced. After using school entrance #2 (the one nearest the lighted school marquee), spectators should enter the stadium through gate #2, located behind the press box. Gates open one hour prior to kickoff.
Social media should be checked for ticket availability, said Cannon.
If tickets are still available on game day they’ll be sold at gate #1.
When an event sells out, it’ll be posted on school social media accounts.
A limited concessions menu will be available at Wilkes Central, added Cannon.
North Wilkes has been allotted 120 visitor tickets for the Wilkes Central game, according to Logan Call, the school’s AD.
That amounts to 10% of the 1,200-person capacity in Moravian Falls. Under normal conditions, Wilkes Central’s stadium can seat up to 4,000 spectators.
Logan Call noted that North’s stadium seats 2,000, which means a capacity of 600 for home football games. North’s visiting team would receive 60 of those tickets for parents or guardians of players.
East Wilkes’ stadium capacity is also 2,000, which means that Cardinal home games will also accommodate 600 total fans, according to AD Justin Call.
East will continue with general admission ticketing at the gate for JV football games. “If we were to get to our 30% capacity, we would stop ticket sales at that point,” noted Justin Call.
On home game weeks, East will presale varsity tickets for home games on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the main office of the school.
The visiting team will have an allotment of tickets for sale at their school during the week of the game.
“Once the 30% capacity is reached, we will cut off sales,” said Justin Call. “As of this time, we don’t anticipate having any tickets available at the gate for varsity games.”
For East’s away varsity games, the school’s allowed allotment of tickets will be sold on at the same times on Wednesdays and Thursdays to the parents/guardians of the athletes, according to Justin Call.
In Millers Creek, the 0-1 West Wilkes Blackhawks will host the 1-0 East Wilkes Cardinals.
“We are still working on our capacity,” said West AD Todd Rutz on Monday. “30% will be somewhere between 600-700 depending on a couple of things we are looking at.”