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Parents hope CDPHE reverses decision, lets fans at high school football championship games

Posted at 5:35 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 21:10:49-05

DENVER — Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will not permit spectators during the state’s high school football championship games in Pueblo. The CDPHE made the ruling Nov. 25 for the games scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But some parents feel the ruling is unfair and want to be in the stands to support their children.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Debi Jo Cass said.

Cass was excited to watch her son Lucas play for Eaton High School in the state championship Friday.

“We deserve to be there to watch our kids. They’ve been working so hard to get to this point,” she said.

And across the state, parents feel the same way.

“Just complete shock that they would pull fans out of the stands at the state championship games,” Robin Wright said.

Wright has three sons playing at Palmer Ridge High School.

“This is the only time for us personally that we will ever have all three of them on the field at the same time,” he said.

They've had fans all year. The Colorado High School Athletic Association is asking the CDPHE to allow two tickets per player and one per coach, and are considering other options if that doesn't happen.

“We’re not asking for anybody off the street to come, just those families that are in that tight demographic that we’ve been sacrificing for months to get to this point,” Wright said.

Denver7 reached out to the CDPHE, but we have not heard back. The parents just want to be able to finish the season in the stands.

“Its been a great success and we just need one more game. That’s all we need, is that one more game with our families there,” Wright said.