The local public-school prep football season kicks off in earnest this week, with season openers scheduled in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Depending on your county of residence, fan policies and protocols vary, with attendance limited in all areas for now. The following are county-by-county public-school guidelines for the entire region including Hernando, which kicks off Sept. 25. (Note: Private schools may have separate policies. Information can be found on those schools’ respective websites.)
First games: Sept. 25
Fans allowed? Yes, but attendance will be limited to 25 percent of a stadium’s capacity
TV/streaming? Though some schools continue working out some kinks, select games are expected to be live-streamed via the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) Network, though a subscription fee is required.
Tickets: Sold via an online vendor. Fans are encouraged to visit their school’s website for information.
First games: Friday
Fans allowed? Each game’s participant will have the opportunity to identify four spectators to attend home games, and must submit those names the Wednesday before the game. The spectators still must purchase a ticket. The four spectators chosen by a participant must sit together.
Tickets: Sold online via the school’s website. Tickets are required at the gate in digital form. (Booster club cards and administration passes will be accepted).
First games: Friday
Fans allowed? Yes, but capacity will vary with each school, and visiting teams will be guaranteed a limited number of tickets so parents can watch their kids. Fans are encouraged to visit their school’s website for information.
TV/streaming? Select games will be live-streamed via the NFHS Network, though a subscription fee is required.
Tickets: A limited number of tickets will be sold at the gate, and others will be available online. Purchasing e-tickets is encouraged.
First games: Thursday
Fans allowed? Yes, but attendance will be limited to 25 percent of a stadium’s capacity.
Tickets: Available online only. Fan are encouraged to visit their school’s website for information.