ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Altoona Area School District school board approved to allow spectators at AASD sporting events beginning this Friday.
The decision comes after U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV said Tuesday the Wolf Administration failed to show “imminent and irreparable harm will occur” if the state can’t limit event crowds to 25 people inside and 250 people outside.
The school board made the decision to allow spectators at sporting events at 33% of facility capacity. That equates to roughly 3,400 people at Mansion Park, for example. The first game with the new occupancy will take place Friday, September 23, when the AAHS Mountain Lions take on Cumberland Valley.
Everyone attending is required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and spread out.
Altoona superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj is asking fans to buy tickets ahead of time to help avoid a group gathering at the ticket window.
Tickets for the Friday nights game will be pre-sold tomorrow from 3 to 5:30 pm at the Mansion Park Stadium ticket window.
Despite complications, Dr. Prijatelj thinks this decision will benefit the community.
“The board wanted to ensure that the parents could watch the children play and we could return the district to some level of normalcy even though we are dealing with COVID,” Dr. Prijatelj said.
If all goes well, the board may take the option to increase capacity at sporting events to 50% the following week when Altoona will take on their rivals, Hollidaysburg.