The 47th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl has added new procedures to ensure the health and safety of players, staff and fans. After losing its former venue, the Kansas Shrine Bowl announced last month that the game would take place at Hummer Sports Park on Saturday, July 18. New procedures for the Kansas Shrine Bowl have been vetted by local health officials as well as the Kansas State High School Association.
“All activities are being coordinated with assistance from the Shawnee County COVID-19 Task Force,” said B.J. Harris, executive director of the Kansas Shrine Bowl. “The health of our players, participants and fans is the top priority and we look forward to working with local officials to execute a safe event.”
New procedures include limiting the crowd size. Harris recommends that if fans haven’t already purchased tickets to plan to watch from home as additional ticket purchases cannot be guaranteed. The game will be live-streamed via the Kansas Shrine Bowl’s YouTube page.
A limited supply of masks will be made available to fans; however, it is recommended that individuals bring their own. To promote social distancing, the stadium will provide special directives and have sectioned-out seating for fans. Players will also be given additional space on the sidelines to social distance; face masks will be required off the field. In addition, longer breaks will be available so that players can hydrate using individual drinking sources, instead of shared drinking source.
Due to the limited crowd space, media is required to fill out a Media Credential Request to receive a media pass to the event. To receive a media pass, visit https://www.kansasshrinebowl.com/media.html.
“Visit Topeka is thrilled to be able to welcome the Kansas Shrine Bowl back to the Capital City this year,” said Jessica Schenkel, vice president of Visit Topeka. “We applaud the many steps Shrine Bowl organizers have taken to ensure the safety of all involved. Hummer Sports Park is an ideal location to accommodate the needs of the event and the new procedures taking place.”
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