MCKEESPORT, Pa. (KDKA) – Friday night football is back.
For the first time since the 2019 season, coaches and players were on the pitch and the fans were in the stands. But as cases of COVID-19 increase, there are still concerns about the spread.
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On a hot and humid Friday night, fans packed the stadium to see McKeeesport take on Baldwin.
“I am very happy to have my son, number 4, on the pitch. I’m glad we can be here in COVID. It’s awesome, ”said Charde Brooks of McKeesport.
“When I turn around and see some of these people that I haven’t seen last year, it’s a nice feeling to have,” said McKeesport sporting director Charley Kiss. “They are able to come back and support their hometown team. “
It was a very different scene from 2020, when matches were played in front of mostly empty stands.
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“It was very difficult last year,” Kiss said.
The sporting director said the team was taking precautions and preparing for COVID-19. Athletes must wear masks on buses. Social distancing is not required and there are no masking rules for fans.
McKeesport’s Harold Allen didn’t feel comfortable in the stands after contracting COVID-19 last year.
3:30 p.m. “I’m here. I have my shots. I have my mask. I’m social distancing and washing my hands like you should be, ”Allen said.
Some are hoping the spread of COVID-19 will subside and the season will go off without a hitch.
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The WPIAL said on Friday that a game was impacted by COVID-19 and moved to Saturday.