Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
OPINION (Based On Facts): Hawaii High School Football And Other Sports’ In-Person Fan Attendance Is Likely

Football fans will be allowed into Hawaii high school football stadiums and venues for other sports this fall, but it could be on a limited basis.

That is my opinion, but it is also based on facts that have been dribbling in to Bedrock Sports Hawaii.

By dribble, I mean there is not one answer that fits all football and other sports programs, and there has been no official word on any of this by those in positions of authority

But it looks like — now that COVID-19 is becoming less and less of a hazard — that there will be a definitive answer by authorities soon.

This photo was, obviously, before the COVID-19 outbreak. But how will Kahuku fans cheer on their Red Raiders if they make it to another state championship game and are not allowed to attend in person?
(Image credit: ScoringLive video)/

According to Hawaii High School Athletic Association football coordinator Wendell Look, who is also an athletic director at ‘Iolani, stadium attendance and safety protocols at public schools will be determined by the mayors of the four counties — Honolulu, Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. That’s, at least, what he believes is going to be the process. Even those in the front lines, like Look, are not 100 percent sure about who has jurisdiction over what.

In addition, attendance and safety protocols at football games and other sports contests at private schools will be determined by those schools’ principals.

According to Look, the counties and the private school principals will set a percentage allowed into a venue based on the capacity of those places.

Math tells me that the percentage at each place could be anywhere between zero and 100 percent. Well, if it’s 100 percent, then you won’t have to fight for tickets.

However, if the percentage set by the mayors or the private school principals turns out to be, say, 20 percent, then there could be some grumbling and hassling over who gets in and how and which fans fans can get tickets.

My guess, though, is that the percentage won’t go really low and that those in charge of making these decisions will realize that football is a big deal here and that they will do whatever they can to make it as a normal as possible in these times that are anything but normal.

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