The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s football championship games currently set for Thursday and Friday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls fall under high school sporting event guidelines as issued by Governor Kim Reynolds in an updated proclamation on Monday evening.
The proclamation will limit attendance to the six championship games to two spectators per participating athlete. The IHSAA played last week’s 12 semifinal games with face covering requirements and spectator restrictions at the UNI-Dome due to the continued spread of COVID-19.
Per the proclamation’s details on high school-sponsored sporting and extracurricular events (Section Six, Part D), attendance will be limited to two spectators per participating student-athlete. Spectators may only be present for the championship game their student-athlete is participating in. The spectator limitation currently applies to all high school-sponsored events, indoor or outdoor.
Only one side of the UNI-Dome will be utilized with the restricted capacity. A map on entrances and seating will be shared as it becomes available.
At this time, supporting participants do not get two additional spectators. These supporting participants include but are not limited to: Coaches, managers, trainers, statisticians, video operators, game officials, and cheerleaders.
Seating pods will be in groups of two. Social distancing and face coverings will continue to be required of spectators at the UNI-Dome. All spectators over the age of two are required to wear masks or face coverings for all gatherings in Iowa as of the Nov. 16 proclamation update.
All championship game tickets previously purchased online by spectators from participating schools will be refunded by UNItix. Refunds will be automated and returned on to the credit card or account used.
The IHSAA is working with administrators from participating schools to handle ticketing and payment for two spectators per participant for each game. Tickets will be $12.50 each or $25 for two spectators of a rostered and in-uniform varsity football player. These vouchers will be required for entry at the UNI-Dome. Parking is free at designated lots around the UNI-Dome. Spectators will not be allowed back in once they leave the UNI-Dome.
AWARDS & PERFORMANCES CANCELED
Performances, award presentations, and halftime ceremonies have been canceled due to the spectator restrictions. This includes: Football Hall of Fame, Officials Hall of Fame, participating team pep bands, and Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association’s Honor Squad.