Melissa ISD Athletic Ticket Sales & Safety Protocols for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Aug 2020
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Due to new UIL guidelines and the 50% capacity rule, several changes will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year regarding Melissa ISD athletic contests and ticket sales. The new procedures are outlined below.

All information is subject to change in accordance with UIL guidelines.

Online Ticket Sales

Melissa ISD will no longer use paper tickets for athletic contests. Instead, digital tickets will be pre-purchased online through the Tickets web page on the Melissa Athletics website, located at Tickets will be managed by Hometown Ticketing.

A digital ticket will be required in order for spectators to enter each home contest (varsity, JV, and middle school) for the following sports: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball.

There will be a limited number of seats and tickets available for each home contest.

No passes will be honored for any home event during the 2020-2021 school year. Those who typically attend football games using a pass are encouraged to access home games via the Melissa ISD live video stream and/or the Melissa Cardinals Network radio show – see details below.

General Admission Tickets

General admission tickets will go on sale to the public one week prior to the home contest and will be available for purchase online on the Tickets web page until building capacity is met.

  • Example: For a Tuesday varsity volleyball home game, general admission tickets will go on sale the Tuesday prior to that game.
  • For varsity football district and playoff away games, Melissa ISD will make every effort to publish ticket purchasing instructions for the public on the Tickets web page. Due to varying stadium capacity, the purchasing process and number of available tickets will vary for each game.

Priority Family Tickets for Varsity Football Home Games

Prior to each varsity football home game, the family of each participating student (i.e. football, band, and/or cheerleading) will have priority access to purchase a certain number of tickets online during the priority ticket sale window. Further purchasing instructions will be shared with participating students, parents, and guardians by each program sponsor.

Priority Family Tickets for Other Sports

In the event that priority family tickets will be offered for basketball, baseball, and/or softball home games, purchasing instructions will be shared with those families closer to the start of the season.

Live Streaming for Varsity Football Games

Varsity football home games will be live streamed with video and audio through the Melissa ISD YouTube account, and will be covered by the Melissa Cardinals Network radio stream. Varsity football away games will be streamed through the Melissa Cardinals Network radio show hosted by Trey Graham and Kenny Deel.

Live streaming links can be accessed from the Melissa Cardinals Network website.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In accordance with UIL guidelines, the following safety protocols apply to all athletic contests taking place at Cardinal Stadium (3100 Cardinal Drive, Melissa, TX 75454) or in a Melissa ISD gymnasium.

The Cardinal Stadium Map provides more information about parking as well as entry and exit points.

  1. Face Coverings: All persons entering the stadium or gymnasium must wear a face covering.
  2. Social Distancing: All spectators must adhere to the predetermined COVID-19 social distancing protocol.
  3. Entry & Exit:
    • All persons entering the stadium or gymnasium are required to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Persons will be asked if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, chills, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath.
    • Digital tickets must be pre-purchased online; no passes will be honored.
    • No re-entry allowed.
    • Varsity Football Games: Gates open 1.5 hours before the start of the game.
    • Subvarsity Football Games: Gates will open one hour before the start of the game.
    • Volleyball Games: Gates will open one hour before the start of the game.
  4. Home Seating: Stands will be marked in groups of three. Please do not sit on the painted or taped lines.
  5. All Spectators: Spectators will not be allowed to cross over to either side of the stadium or court for any reason. Spectators are not permitted on the field or court at any time before, during, or after the game.
  6. Restrooms & Concessions: Restroom and concessions stands will be available. Restrooms and concession stands located in the northwest corner of the Cardinal Stadium.

Questions regarding Melissa ISD athletic contests can be directed to Seth Stinton, Director of Athletics, at or 972-837-2411.

Media Contact:
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications

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