Attendance at high school football games limited

Spectators will not be allowed at volleyball games due to Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 regulations.

Cloquet's Marshall Hayes fights through the line of scrimmage during the Lumberjacks' 2019 playoff loss to Chisago Lakes. 26. File photo/Pine Journal

Many in Carlton County rejoiced after the Minnesota State High School League board of directors voted to hold a modified football season in 2020, but the number of fans attending will be severely limited.

After voting in August to postpone both sports until the spring, the board voted Sept. 21 to begin practice for both sports Monday, Sept. 28, and return to play beginning Thursday, Oct. 8.

Much like soccer games, football games will be limited to 250 people. Players suiting up for a game will be given a certain number of names to put on a list. Only individuals whose names are on the list will be allowed to purchase a ticket and enter the stadium, said Paul Riess, Cloquet activities director.

Other schools in the area will be using a similar procedure at football games.

Spectators will not be allowed to attend volleyball games this season due to Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 regulations. Fans are also prohibited for swimming and diving meets, the only other sport occurring indoors this fall.


Cloquet will kick off its football season Oct. 9 at North Branch and will host Hibbing at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

The Lumberjack volleyball team will host Hermantown on Thursday, Oct. 8.

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