The Effect of Restrictions on Spectating Sports

Due to local restrictions that enforce social distancing, the sidelines look different this year.


photo by Amanda Brauchler

Varsity cheerleader Izzy Harris ’24 waits on the sidelines in front of a socially-distanced crowd Oct. 8. This was the first football game of the season for the entire state. Columbine won 39-13.

by Calvin Edlund, Reporter

The new restrictions on viewing sports have been met with mixed reactions from many people. 

While rules vary from sport to sport, there have been similarities within many of the changes. 

One of the most common new rules is limiting the number of people that can spectate the games. This directly affects a viewer’s experience and the player’s experience. For the football team, players are allowed a limited number of spectators at each game.

“I am allowed to give out two tickets every game,” football player Jack Rons ’23 said. 

Rons mentioned that while having people watch him isn’t normally a priority, it is a bit frustrating to know that he couldn’t have many people spectating him even if he wanted.

On the other hand, Rons mentioned that it had some positives.

“The pressure of playing in front of a group of people has been lifted for the most part. It’s nice to just get out there and play your game while not worrying about the spectators,” Rons said.

Another athlete, Rocco Chatrand ’23, said that he was not really affected by the whole situation.

“The games are less stressful because of the limited number of people allowed to spectate,” Chartand said.

When he goes to games he also mentioned that he doesn’t have to really worry about not being able to have someone watch him because of the way the restrictions have affected him.

Both players said that they knew some people that were bummed that they couldn’t watch the games but they didn’t know anyone who was really missing the games.

The new spectating rules have obviously canceled things like the Homecoming football game which would have had a massive turnout if it wasn’t for these conditions. From delaying the start of the season to restricting the number of people in the bleachers, athletics continues to mold to fit coronavirus restrictions.