PIAA puts football ticket sales on hold after governor tightens gathering limits

CHRIS HARLAN
The (Greensburg) Tribune Review (TNS)
Central York vs McDowell in PIAA Class 6-A state semifinal football, November 21, 2020
John A. Pavoncello photo

Ticket sales are on hold for the PIAA football championships after Gov. Tom Wolf announced new limits on gathering sizes.

PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi said tickets were unavailable until Tuesday while the PIAA determines how many spectators are allowed this weekend at Hersheypark Stadium.

According to the governor's outdoor restrictions:

►Capacity is capped at 15% for venues with a maximum occupancy up to 2,000;

►Capacity is capped at 10% for venues with an occupancy up to 10,000;

►For venues that hold more than 10,000, capacity is capped at 5% up to 2,500.

The PIAA counts Hersheypark Stadium's capacity around 15,600, putting the venue in the largest category. At 5% of capacity, total attendance would be limited to around 780.

Central York is scheduled to play St. Joseph's Prep at 8 p.m. Saturday in the PIAA Class 6-A state title game.

The PIAA had intended to allot 800-1,000 tickets to each school. None has yet been sold, Lombardi said.

The six PIAA football championships are Friday and Saturday.

Jeannette plays Steelton-Highspire in the Class 1-A championship at 11 a.m. Friday. The Class 3-A and 5-A finals also are Friday. At 3:30 p.m., Central Valley play Wyomissing in 3-A. At 8 p.m., Pine-Richland plays Cathedral Prep in 5-A.

On Saturday, Thomas Jefferson plays Jersey Shore in the Class 4-A final at 3:30 p.m.

The other Saturday games match Southern Columbia vs. Wilmington in 2-A at 11 a.m., and St. Joseph's Prep vs. Central York in 6-A at 8 p.m.

In early October, Wolf had limited outdoor gatherings to 15% of capacity at facilities that held more than 10,000 with a maximum of 7,500 individuals.