THOMASVILLE — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create obstacles for interscholastic sporting events, a familiar pastime at Cushwa Stadium will be observed quite differently starting this month.

Buying tickets for home Thomasville High School football games will now be a virtual activity, as school leaders approved a digital ticketing platform for contact-less digital ticketing. GoFan, the digital platform for Huddle Tickets, will host THS ticket purchases for games slated to begin Feb. 26.

All high school programs in North Carolina will use the technology to allow for no in-person transactions during the playoffs, per North Carolina High School Athletic Association mandate. That prompted school officials to approve the platform throughout the entirety of football season.

“With the COVID crisis going on, it just seemed to make sense to shorten the interaction time at the gate and the transfer of cash from hand to hand,” said THS Athletic Director Steve Bare. “Also, with the spectator limitations in place, this will allow us to ensure that only 100 tickets are purchased for each home football game. Once the ticket sales have reached 100 tickets, the site will not allow any further tickets for that event to be purchased.”

Tickets purchased online will be redeemed on smart phones at the gate. No onsite ticket sales will be transacted.

During the pandemic, the city’s school board discussed the traditional method of purchasing high school tickets. Cash collection by an attendant at the gate has been seen during the pandemic as an unsafe practice. Constant contact between attendants and purchasers, as well as the nature of the cash itself, gave pause to leaders.

For basketball, limits on attendance made interaction at the gate far less frequent, but football’s parameters will allow for more in attendance, therefore requiring more oversight. Bare said he believes a few complications that cropped up during basketball season will be remedied for football.

To purchase tickets, visit the Thomasville High School GoFan page at https://gofan.co/app/school/NC2356. To access the page without a link, go to www.gofan.co and type Thomasville into the search bar. Choose Thomasville (NC) High School and purchase tickets on the specific ticket page.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.