Mayor Winnecke, school leaders announce fan capacity for winter sports


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Winter sports are set to go on at schools across Evansville, but limited fans will be in the stands.

Wednesday, the EVSC, the Diocese of Evansville, Evansville Christian Schools and Evansville Day School leaders announced fan capacity will be limited to two fans per student-athlete or participant. Participants include student managers and cheerleaders.

For the EVSC and Diocese, the two fan policy will stand for elementary, middle and high school athletes. Winter sports are defined as boys and girls swimming and diving, wrestling, and boys and girls basketball. Swimming events that take place at Lloyd Pool will not have spectators.

The EVSC says whether the pep band can participate is still being discussed. The schools will work with recruiters about possible visits to the building but scouting will not take place because scouts are not essential personnel.

While the season is expected to go on as planned, EVSC Athletic Director Andy Owen says the COVID-19 pandemic could cause postponements to ensure the safety of the students and the community.

However, some student-athletes and coaches say their primary focus remains on preparing for the season.

We didn’t get to practice this summer due to COVID, so we’ve had our struggles with that. We’re just trying to get prepared

Grace Doty, Bosse girls basketball player

We’ll do what he have to, to have things work. We’re just excited to be out on the floor and have some fun and be around the kids and make adjustments

Garland Copeland, Bosse girls basketball coach

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(This story was originally published on October 21, 2020)

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