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Drive In to Stream Games

Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that a limited number of fans can attend K-12 fall sports games.

While fans can be in the stands for high school football this fall they must fit within the 250-person outdoor gathering limit set by the Wolf Administration.

Brandon Bailey, the head football coach and an administrator at the Richland School District, says that new guidance still doesn’t leave room for fans to be at their football games.

“You have your players, you have your officials, you have your coaches, you have people videoing the game, you have the media, you have the scoreboard operator, all those people. You have the cheerleaders, the band, there’s supervisors you get to that 250 mark before you’re even able to allow any spectators at all,” said Bailey.

These restrictions inspired parents from the Richland School District to find a new way to cheer on their kids this football season.

PJ McGowan who has a son playing on the high school’s football team this year got together with alumni and other parents. Together McGowan says they came up with the idea to live stream Richland’s football games at the Silver Drive-in.

“It’s just the opportunity for our football players, our band, our cheerleaders to know that people are watching to know that they’re not just performing on their own<” said Bailey.

McGowan says this will give parents the chance to watch their kids play and will give high school students some sense of normalcy being able to watch the games together while socially distanced.

Ticket priority will be given to the parents of kids on the football team, cheerleading team or in the marching band. McGowan says those families will get a link to purchase the tickets in advanced of them being open to the public.

“It’s $20 a carload and then we’ll open it up to the rest of the school body and the community of Richland to buy the leftover tickets, so we’re able to hold a significant amount of vehicles and it should be a great atmosphere to watch all the games,” said McGowan.

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