ABILENE — With the Abilene ISD limiting spectators at high school and middle school basketball games this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans who might normally attend games will have to turn to other ways to see their favorite teams play during the 2020-21 campaign.
The school district will restrict spectators at each home game in the AISD (middle school through varsity) in an effort to increase social distancing in gyms across the district. Crowd sizes will also be limited for district fine arts performances beginning later this month.
Entrance into varsity boys and girls basketball games at both Abilene High and Cooper will be limited to up to four members of the same household per participant. Those participants include coaches, players, managers, filmers, trainers and cheerleaders.
Entrance into sub-varsity boys and girls basketball games at the high schools and at all middle school games will be limited to two members of the same household per participant.
No outside spectators, including students who aren’t on the family pass list, will be admitted to any basketball game this season in the AISD.
The new protocols go into effect in time for tonight’s girls’ basketball game between Cooper and Abilene High at Eagle Gym. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Because the district has limited crowd size for the season, it has been working to set up links where fans can watch games throughout the year. Each of the four varsity basketball programs (boys and girls at both Abilene High and Cooper) have their own YouTube channels where fans can follow those home games all year long:
• Abilene High boys: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lfSlLrXlpUoUuMCwC7zvw/
• Abilene High girls: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55c1OracISjAB0zCjwSYkQ/
• Cooper boys: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBn208utm_XA-1f5lHVFMxg/
• Cooper girls: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbV3BZC5r7sW_mx4sdWoasQ
• AISD-TV Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/aisdtv
In addition, the AISD-TV Facebook page will stream a select number of games from each of the four varsity programs, and that schedule will be released later this week. Tonight’s girls’ game at Abilene High will be streamed live on the AISD-TV Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aisdtv.
The district is still working out ways to broadcast sub-varsity basketball games at the high school levels, as well as middle school basketball games. When those details are worked out, they will be posted online.