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SAC football stadiums will be empty for the first two weeks of the season

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Athletic Directors in the SAC concluded conversations with a plan for fall high school sports, in part, not allowing fans for the first two weeks of the football season.

Come September, each school will give out a certain number of tickets to the families.

Coaches in the SAC predicted this news, but now it's time to make the most of it.

Bishop Dwenger Head Coach, Jason Garrett wants his players to make memories and build relationships on the field.

This is how he addresses his team on Thursday evening.

"We anticipated that there was likelihood of it being limited or no fans, so this is a matter of telling them this is where we are, it's another step in the process, phrase in the journey. Let's just be happy that we are out here," Garrett said.

Other coaches, like Mike Brevard of North Side, say the relationships with his players remain strong.

He wants his players to be able to to talk to him if they are feeling depressed or need help finding a mentor during this time.

As a player once himself, Brevard understands without fans it's a different atmosphere.

"Playing at Ben Davis and seeing the purple rain in the student section, I get the atmosphere, but I think these kids will take a trade off that there will be a season," Brevard said.

The first football games begin August 21st.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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