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Fans in the stands! Section VI, Monsignor Martin implement new spectator rules for winter season

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 16:34:09-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — High school basketball games and swim meets will no longer be played in front of empty stands.

Section VI and the Monsignor Martin both announced Tuesday that fans will be allowed for the remainder of the winter sports season, beginning Wednesday, February 24th.

Here are the rules:

  • Only home teams will be allowed to have up to two spectators per student athlete
  • The spectator rule is up to each individual school and whether or not they can safely adhere to the two spectators per athlete rule
  • This only applies to basketball games and swim meets, as they're the only two winter sports held at schools

As for hockey, bowling, and skiing, both leagues say it's up to the individual site when it comes to allowing spectators as they don't have operational control. Hockey games and bowling matches for Section VI teams are held in various venues (with different capacities) all across the area.

No decision has been made when it comes to the Fall "II" season or the spring sports season. Indoor sports scheduled for later this school year include volleyball and wrestling.