After a cancelled home opener, Hannibal High School Football kicks off its season this Friday, September 4. This game will be played at Jefferson City High School. When Hannibal takes the home field on Septtember 11, the stands will be sparse compared to past years.

The Hannibal Pirates Activities office has released the guidelines for attendance to games during the COVID-19 crisis.  Each athlete, cheerleader, dance team member, and band member will get four passes. Masks are required for interactions of less than six feet. No tailgating is allowed in the parking lots on the school grounds.

Hannibal High School has set risk level designations to determine the activities attendance policy for the school year. The level is based on information from local health officials. Right now, Hannibal is rated Level Orange, which is the highest risk category. That kicks in the four-ticket rule for participants. If the situation improves, the risk level would be upgraded to yellow, and the participants will be allowed six tickets. At the lowest level of green, fans would be able to pack the stands again.

For Friday night's game, Hannibal will have to follow the guidelines set by the home team. Jefferson City is allowing up to four tickets for its players and participants. It's unclear whether they're issuing four passes for Hannibal participants. HHS will clarify the guidelines this week.

With all that said, you don't have to miss Hannibal High School Football action this season.  KICK-FM is your exclusive home for Pirate Football this season. Tune in to 97.9 on your radio dial or download the KICK-FM app and you won't miss a play of the games this season.