FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) – Itawamba Community College is prepping for its first football game of the 2020 season, a home game on Thursday, October 1st.
University President Dr. Jay Allen explained some of the differences fans can expect at this season’s games.
“In compliance of Executive Order 1519 from the governor, we have limited our capacity to 25%,” Allen said.
He and Head Football Coach Sean Cannon said they are used to games being standing room only.
“That’s one thing we’ve always prided ourselves on here is having great crowds,” Cannon said.
In addition to crowd size, he said a notable change is the 6-game regular season.
“We’ve given two tickets to every one of our participants, as well as the visiting team, and so that left us with tickets that we then provided to students and employees,” Allen said.
Allen added tickets will be entirely different this year. First off, they’re free for all three of ICC’s home games this season. Allen explained that on Tuesday, tickets became available for students to get through an online portal. Wednesday, he added, the public can go online and claim their tickets.
“If there’s any tickets available after that, it’ll be open to the public tomorrow morning at 8:00,” Allen said.
People scan the virtual tickets at the gate.
The game is not the only performance fans will get to see.
“The band will be performing at halftime,” Allen said, “the cheerleaders will be performing on the field, along with our dance and flag corps.”
Allen added the college will stream the game online on ICC’s red channel. He added the band will be performing at halftime on the blue channel for people who can’t get inside the stadium to watch. The game will also be on 101.9 Supertalk Mississippi.
According to Allen, the college asks people to keep their masks on when moving around the stadium, but they can take them off when they sit down.
Cannon said about 1100 to 1200 will be maximum capacity in the stadium.
He added no families can come on the field when the games are over.
“Moving forward, they’re going to have to meet them outside the stadium just because of, you know, the guidelines and precautions, you know, that we’ve got set in place,” Canon said.
However, through all the changes, Canon said he’s happy to be playing football again.
“It’ll be a little different, uh, then what we’ve been used to, but I, I think our kids are gonna be ok for sure,” Cannon said.
According to the ICC Twitter page, the game is already a sell-out.