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Attendance policy announced for state track

BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have made final decisions on how the upcoming state track and field meet will be conducted.

The co-ed event will remain on schedule for May 20-22 from inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Class 2A and 3A boys and girls events will take place in early sessions with 1A, 4A and wheelchair competing in the afternoon sessions each day.

Due to current attendance limits from Drake University and the Polk County Health Department, two tickets per qualifying participant in each session will be given out. Any remaining tickets will be made available to participating schools.

Spectators and participants will be required to clear the facility after each of the six sessions, including Saturday’s finals. Seating will be unassigned with spectators required to use socially-distanced pods and wear masks at Drake Stadium, per recent CDC guidance on crowds at outdoor events.

Available seat locations inside Drake Stadium will be identified with stickers on bleachers. Spectators for shot put and discus competitions will be allowed ticketed access to the fields immediately north of the stadium.

The IHSAA and IGHSAU will work through member school administrators following State Qualifying Meets on May 13 to arrange initial ticketing procedures for qualifiers and their alternates.

Once available, digital ticketing will be conducted through HomeTown Ticketing participant promo codes via the IHSAA website. Qualifiers out of preliminary events on Thursday and Friday will be ticketed for Saturday finals once results are finalized.

The morning sessions for 2A and 3A begins each day at 9 a.m. with Thursday’s 1A and 4A session beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday’s afternoon session starts at 3:25 p.m. and Saturday’s at 2 p.m.

District track meets are scheduled for Thursday, May 13. Fort Dodge will be competing in a 4A meet in Waukee while St. Edmond heads to a 1A meet in Madrid.

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