Fredericksburg High School will have a different approach to football ticket sales this season.
FHS will not have season ticket sales for the 2020 Battlin’ Billies home slate, opting to only sell general admission tickets for all home games.
Local and state health regulations in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic limit FHS’ home game capacity at 50 percent, leaving Fredericksburg Independent School District athletic director Lance Moffett with no option but postponing season tickets until 2021.
“It’s about 2,350 people (allowed in the stadium),” Moffett said. “You have to deduct the band — and our band is about 130 people — the drill team, all of that. We made that hard decision based on talking to other school districts and what they’re doing.”
The details for the ticket sales system have not been finalized as of press time Tuesday, but Moffett wants to make sure parents have a chance to see their kids in action.
“We want to take care of our primary stakeholders first,” Moffett said. “Meaning our parents of our players, band members, drill team, cheerleaders and ROTC. All of the people who participate in the goings on of a home football game. We’re going to try to take care of all of them first through some form or fashion.”
How they will allot those tickets is to be determined.
Moffett says the school will open up sales to season ticket holders on Mondays and to the public on Tuesdays.
Students will also factor into the equation, but school officials have not determined how that will work.
Season ticket allotments from 2019 will carry over to 2021, meaning holders will have the chance to purchase their annual ticket package like in past years.
“Hopefully, next summer, we’ll come back with our normal protocol with selling season tickets,” Moffett said. “One week, Monday through Thursday, we sell to those who already have the tickets and close that out on Friday and then come back and open it up to the public the next Monday.
“That’s our normal process. We’re just suspending that process for this year.
The UIL’s recent ruling prohibiting Class 5A and 6A programs from playing or scrimmaging until September changed FHS’ schedule.
The Billies lost its first two regular season games, scheduled against San Antonio Sam Houston on Aug. 28 and Kerrville Tivy on Sept. 4.
The Billies plan on playing Monahans in Week 1 and Jarrell in Week 2.
FHS hosts Jarrell in Week 2.
Moffett says San Angelo is the most likely location for the FHS-Monahans game.
Times and dates are to be determined.
The Billies were set to schedule Geronimo Navarro and Lago Vista in the two weeks leading to the regular season, but both opponents had to be dropped.
FHS will now host a three-team scrimmage against Uvalde and Comal Davenport on Aug. 20 at FHS Stadium.
Freshmen and JV both start at 5 p.m., with varsity following at 6:30 p.m.
Fall football practice starts 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.
Middle school athletics
Fredericksburg Middle School students are still on schedule for fall athletics.
The UIL says schools can schedule junior high football during the fall semester as long as they come within the game limits listed in the organization’s Constitution and Contest Rules.
“For football and volleyball in middle school, once you start playing, you have a certain amount of days to finish your season,” Moffett said. “For us, the alignment of our calendar is still on. We’re proceeding as normal.”
Regular practice regulations and limitations remain in effect.
FMS plays in the Southwestern Athletic League for all sports besides football.
Football’s schedule generally follows high school’s schedule, Moffett said.