Tickets for all high school football playoff games will not be made available to the general public, even if teams do not sell their allotted amount of tickets.

When the season began the Ohio High School Athletic Association issued a statement they were limiting the number of fans allowed at any game to 15% of the stadium’s seating capacity. This issue came from the Ohio Department of Health.

Players, coaches, officials, cheerleaders, band members, game workers and media do not count toward that 15% capacity.

The OHSAA recently sent out an email to athletics directors reminding them not to sell any extra tickets to the general public.

“The primary purpose of permitting spectators at school sports events is to allow and encourage family/household members and loved ones of players, coaches, team staff members, officials and other event participants (band, honor guard, cheerleaders, etc.) to observe and share in the experience,” stated the email. “We have also said the goal is to allow two, and up to four, family members and loved ones of participants to attend their sports event.

“Any remaining regular season sports events and during the playoffs, schools may allow more than 4 family members and their guests to attend sports events if the school has surplus tickets after an initial offering to the families of participants,” the email continued. “Please note that even if a sports venue still has surplus tickets after an expanded offering to family members and guests of participants, the extra tickets cannot be offered to the general public.”

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