SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Some football fans in Monroe County will have to wait a little while longer to see their favorite players.
Smithville school administrators have canceled two games because of the coronavirus. Three players on Smithville's football team tested positive.
"What we do over the next two weeks may determine if we play football at all this year," Principal Chad O'Brian said.
Tuesday was the first full day of quarantine for the Smithville High School football team. In total, 38 players are out for two weeks. They will return to school on Sept. 15.
"Football is the lifeblood of what we do economically around here, and football is the sport that makes all other sports go,” O’Brian said.
The school sees between $3,000 and $3,500 worth of ticket sales for a typical football game
On Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced high school stadiums can allow up to 25% capacity.
The 25% rule would cut the dollar amount significantly.
"So, if you lose a couple of those it adds up pretty quickly."
Boosters are also losing money from the concessions.
The principal said concessions profits are usually more than ticket sales. Concession money will typically go back into the band program.
The school is working to determine an exact number of fans that’ll be allowed back in the stands.
"It was pretty easy when they said two tickets per kid,” O’Brian said of Mississippi’s previous two-ticket per participant rule. “But now that we are on 25%, we need to run some numbers and be a little more exact with what we are doing."
The band will be in the stands; that will take up some of the allowed 25% capacity.
Administrators still have two weeks to finalize their plans before their game on Sept. 18.
"People want certainty, and right now, there just isn't any."
O'Brian said no other players or coaches are showing any symptoms.