CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG) – Normally, there aren’t many vacant seats at the UNI Dome during state championship week, but this year there are thousands of empty seats. A recent surge in COVID-19 cases forced the Iowa Middle School Athletics Association to limit the number of fans in stadiums.
Last week during the semifinals, up to 2,400 people were allowed. The association only distributed two tickets per player during last week’s championship round.
For many fans, including Amy Welch from Waukon, she was simply delighted to see her son, Creed, play in his final game.
“To be here, however, this is our last and we will celebrate and rejoice,” said Welch.
Dannette Hermeier has seen the impact of COVID-19 firsthand as a nurse at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, but she also has a son, Walker, on the soccer team. It was a moment he would not miss.
“We are busy at the Waukon Hospital,” said Hermeier. “The nurses are tired and we are tired, but on the other hand, this is an important time for us and our children. And I don’t know of any nurse in the United States who would want this taken from them. We are blessed. “
Although the number of tickets is limited, the Waukon community still gathers. Some second-degree parents hand over their tickets to parents with juniors and seniors on the team, allowing additional family members to attend Friday’s championship match.
“So we are very fortunate to have the Creed brothers and sisters come and it’s like hearing that Christmas morning,” Welch said.
Waukon beat Central Lyon / George-Little Rock in a Class 2A championship match, 28-14. It is the second Indian state title in program history.
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