It is time for the Friday Night Lights to come on.
The 2020 football season is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 4, with the Bears playing host to the Brunswick Pirates.
The game — as everything else — will feature big changes this season due to due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Already delayed two weeks due to the pandemic, football fans will see new guidelines in place, including stadium capacity limitations.
Athletic director Brandon “Rock” Jernigan said attendance at Bear Stadium will be limited at 60 percent capacity for all games to help with social distancing guidlines.Capacity at the 3,900 seat Bear Stadium will be capped at a total of 2,390.
Jernigan explained the new guidelines have been put in place following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to help ensure public health safety.
“We anticipate it will be a sell out, especially for the first game of the season,” he said.
“Everyone is excited about the return of Bear football.”
Student tickets were sold at all lunches through today Wednesday, Sept. 2.
General public ticket sales were to run through today, Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the new PCHS gym ticket booth. Any remaining unsold tickets will be made available for purchase on the GoFan digital ticket site at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 3. These tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until all available tickets are sold. Ticket booths at the stadium will be closed on game day.
GoFan provides fast, easy access to high school event tickets. To purchase tickets, fans should download the GoFan app to their mobile device. To enter the stadium, fans should open the GoFan app and display their e-tickets to the gatekeeper, who will validate them. GoFan does add a small convenience charge to the cost of each ticket.
Fans are encouraged to socially distance whenever possible and to wear face masks. Any fan with underlying health conditions or who is considered to be in a high-risk category is encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines when deciding whether to attend games.
For the convenience of fans who are unable to attend games in person, PCHS will be broadcasting all home football games via the NFHS network. NFHS is a subscription service that allows fans to view PCHS sports and events, as well as approximately 1,200 other high schools live or on-demand nationwide. Fans can subscribe to NFHS Network by downloading the app or visiting nfhsnetwork.com at a price of $10.99 per month or $69.99 annually. PCHS is recognized as a national leader in high school sports broadcasting, having been recognized as an Elite National school each of the past seven years.
Fans can also catch the Bears via radio at 97.7 FM WWUF.
Jernigan did say the procedures will be reassessed each week and may be adjusted throughout the season.