West Fargo Public Schools sets attendance guidelines for fall sporting events

West Fargo Public Schools will limit fan attendance for fall sporting events to immediate family and its high school student body, the district announced Tuesday, Aug. 18. Forum file photo

WEST FARGO — West Fargo Public Schools made its fall sports attendance guidelines official Tuesday morning. The stands will hold just immediate family and high school students as activities resume this fall.

The district rolled out its attendance plan for the beginning of fall sporting events the morning before West Fargo Sheyenne was slated to host its first boys soccer game at home Tuesday night, Aug. 18.

At home events this fall, spectators will be limited to immediate family members and members of the high school student body, West Fargo Public Schools announced in the press release sent Tuesday morning.

Events at all indoor and outdoor venues will be limited to 40% capacity. If the threshold hasn’t been reached, the district will open it up to other West Fargo Public Schools spectators — staff members and Board members — on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We understand how disappointing this is for our families and fans; however, our decision is based on the safety of our students,” the release said. “This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans, and most importantly, our student-athletes.”


Visiting teams must have a voucher, which will be distributed through visiting teams’ rostered players, to be able to purchase a ticket or to use a pass. Visiting spectators won’t be allowed to purchase a game ticket or access the venue unless they have a voucher good for that contest, the release said.

The capacity restrictions of the facility as determined by ND Smart Restart guidelines will dictate the number of vouchers issued for a contest. West Fargo's attendance plan comes a day after Fargo Public Schools released its fan attendance guidelines , which includes a voucher system for all FPS ticketed events.

For all non-ticketed events — cross country, tennis, golf — West Fargo Public Schools asks that there’s no more than two individuals per athlete in attendance. Spectators are also asked to physically distance to the “maximum extent possible” and to leave immediately following the event.

All spectators in all of the district’s indoor facilities are required to wear a mask. West Fargo Public Schools also recommends masks be worn at outdoor events, and when physical distancing can’t be maintained, fans are required to wear a face covering.

For those unable to attend, home varsity games will be streamed through the West Fargo Public Schools YouTube channels or third-party vendors when possible. Links to those contents can be found on the Sheyenne and West Fargo Student Activities sites.

Carissa Wigginton is a high school sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. A Fargo native, she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wigginton joined The Forum’s sports department in August 2019.
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