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Parents get priority in watching RISD sports


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Parents of players will have priority in getting to watch students play in Roswell Independent School District sporting events.

Britt Cooper, RISD director of activities and athletics (File Photo)05

Thursday, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced spectators would be allowed at sports and other activities, following the limits applied to large entertainment venues under the state’s public health order.

With Chaves County in the Yellow Level of the state’s Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system, spectators will be limited to outdoor venues only, at 25% of the venue’s maximum occupancy.

Britt Cooper, RISD director of activities and athletics, said parents of student-athletes in soccer and football will have priority to watch the games.

Capacity for soccer games at the Wool Bowl can be difficult to figure, he said, because people would often bring their own chairs.

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“What we’re going to try to do for the soccer games this week is to make it available to our parents and the visiting team’s parents and that’s probably all we’re going to let in for those games,” he said Monday.

Goddard High School boys soccer will play at GHS against Carlsbad on Tuesday and Hobbs on Thursday. The girls will play in Carlsbad on Tuesday and Hobbs on Thursday.

Roswell High School girls will play Artesia on Tuesday and Lovington on Thursday, with both games at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. The boys will be in Artesia on Tuesday and Lovington on Thursday.

Cooper said for football, parents will also have priority.

“We’re going to try to pre-sale tickets to football parents early,” he said. “Everyone else would have to get them at the gate on Saturday,” he said.

RHS will play Carlsbad at the Wool Bowl on Saturday. Goddard High will play in Artesia.

Volleyball is also on the schedule this week for RISD, and Cooper said the district is working with KSVP radio to make a livestream available since no spectators will be allowed for indoor events.

Plans could change with new information, Cooper said.

The Red to Green system will be updated on Wednesday. Should Chaves County move into the Green Level, restrictions will immediately be lifted further. For RISD sports, that would mean outdoor venue capacity would raise to 50% and spectators would be allowed at indoor events up to 25% capacity.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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