Knox Field to be CLOSED to the public for all home fall 2 sporting events.
All home competitions to be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.
In a special meeting held March 2, the GJSD Board of Education voted to allow student athletes to participate in interscholastic sports for what New York state has labeled the “fall 2” season, including boys and girls varsity soccer, girls varsity and jv volleyball, girls varsity field hockey and football.
All of the fall 2 teams, with the exception of volleyball, will practice and compete on the turf athletic field at The Knox Building. Each student athlete will be allowed to have two spectators at home games held at Knox. No spectators from opposing teams will be allowed entry and the perimeter fence at Knox will be locked for each home game, with entry only being granted for people with official spectator passes who are wearing face masks. Volleyball will practice and compete at the junior-senior high school and will not have any spectators this year.
“We are pleased to be able to give our fall student athletes the chance to compete this year,” GJSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Crankshaw said. “We realize that limiting the number of spectators is not ideal, but it is a necessary step to make sure we’re keeping our athletes, coaches and community safe.”
Dr. Crankshaw also noted that the district will continue to livestream every home varsity competition – including the Lady Bills’ varsity field hockey home opener at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 – on the Johnstown Live Events & Videos YouTube page.
“Our families and the Johnstown community at large seemed to really appreciate the opportunity to livestream our basketball games over the condensed winter sports season,” he said. “We will continue to offer this service for home games during the fall 2 season and are looking into what other extracurricular groups can make use of the technology — from band and chorus, to theater and academic competitions.”