As anticipated, the annual football game between Mattoon and Charleston high schools will now take place at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium.
The game, set for 7 p.m. on April 23, had been scheduled to take place at Charleston High this year because the schools had little time to hammer out an agreement with EIU over COVID-19 protocols once the IHSA announced that a spring football season would take place.
Here are the some basic facts about attendance at the Coles County Clash, according to a joint press release sent by the two high schools.
• Charleston and Mattoon high school administrators will decide how to distribute 1,000 tickets apiece.
• Eastern Illinois won’t distribute any tickets.
• Tickets will not be sold at the gates. Thus, only those who received tickets before the game will be allowed to enter O’Brien. Unlike at some other prep football games, spectators won’t be allowed into the game by showing proof of COVID vaccination.
• Masks and social distancing will be required of all spectators at all times.
• No tailgating will be allowed as the parking lots will open just an hour prior to kickoff. Gates will open at the same time as the parking lots.
• There will be no re-entry. If you leave the stadium, you must leave the game.
• No seating will be allowed on the visitor bleachers on the east side of the field.
• School bands won’t perform, nor will halftime performances by cheer and/or dance teams take place on the field.
• Parent and booster club decorations won’t be permitted.
• There will be no JFL presence prior to the game.
• Only coaches, athletes, managers and trainers will be allowed on the sidelines.