September 14, 2020

A full weekend of football – COVID-19 style – has passed.

The rationale behind Governor Cooper keeping the families of football players from attending their sons’ games still seems ridiculous. The case that got the most attention was in Chapel Hill where Cooper’s Phase 2.5 shutdown rules said that no more than 25 people could be in the stadium in Chapel Hill for the game.  

We’re not talking thousands of zealous, boisterous fans – shoulder to shoulder – wildly boosting their team in the stadium and living it up at tailgate parties in the parking lot. We’re talking about the family members of the boys that make up that football team – maybe a couple of hundred folks who could spread out all over the 50,000 plus seat Kenan Stadium if they wanted – cheering on their pride and joy.

It didn’t just happen in Chapel Hill.  Appalachian State, Charlotte, East Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest have all asked for reasonable allowances to be made so parents of these football players can watch them play.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic months, the Governor will not budge, no matter how common-sense the rationale.