WEST SENECA, N.Y. — For the first time in a long time, high school athletes will be allowed to have fans in the stands supporting them at home games for winter sports.
Section VI announced Tuesday that school districts that host events will have the choice to allow up to two spectators per athlete on the home team starting Wednesday, February 24.
“Each school district will be responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all spectators and participants in their buildings by requiring masks and enforcing social distancing," said Section VI President Brett Banker.
Private facilities that host high school sports like hockey, bowling, and skiing will also have control over how many spectators are allowed.
“As a Section we do not have the authority to override the protocols of private facilities, we are guests and because of that, those standards will still apply,” Banker said.
2 On Your Side spoke with the mother of a Frontier High School senior who plays on the varsity basketball team, who says she is thrilled to finally be able to watch her son's final season in person.
"Just to be part of it to watch him — to support him," said Lisa Kellner. "It's not like a practice for them, they practice every day and play with each other and there's nobody there. But they have some type of spectator there cheering them on — it's just going to be a great experience again."