PUEBLO, Colo. — The 2020 Bell Game will not be the usual spirited crowd of thousands.
This year, only 175 people are allowed in the stands of Dutch Clark Stadium on both sides, and District 60 spokesperson said most of them will be parents of players and a few students.
Pueblo Centennial High School and Pueblo Central High School have been playing each other since Thanksgiving Day 1892 in what is believed to be the oldest American football rivalry for high school teams.
Typically the game draws in about 15,000 fans, the highest annual attendance for a high school sporting event in Colorado.
The usually sold out game will be streamed on Facebook live and PuebloD60.org.
“This is a multi-camera production we have some great graphics that are at the bottom of the game, it’ll feel like you’re watching Monday might football,” said Spokesperson for D-60 Dalton Sprouse. “We wanted to make sure our community had the opportunity to really feel like they are at the game and in fact have the best seat in the house. We have instant reply, state-of-the-art graphics that we are incorporating.”
“I don’t think I’ve missed a bell game since . . . I don’t even know! I don’t remember ever missing a bell game,” said Zolanye McCulley, Central High School alum Class of 2009. “It’s pretty darn devastating.”
“Even though we are supporting different teams — Bulldogs or Wildcats — its still pretty unifying,” said Sarah Martinez Centennial High School alum Class of 2011. “You’re in this together. All of your friends are experiencing the same things as you, it just shows how resilient you are.”
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday.
Players, coaches and cheerleaders in attendance will be required to wear masks.