New restrictions for Dobyns-Bennett football season


After 9 long months, high school football is back on here in the Tri-Cities.

Teams across the region kick off Friday night for their first game of the season.

One of the biggest games in our region this week is a Dobyns-Bennett High School- where the Indians will face the Greeneville Green Devils.

Hours before kick off at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, Trippy Deal was found getting his tailgate ready for the first game of the season. 

“There’s no better place to be then at J. Fred Johnson Stadium on a Friday night in the Fall, watching my Dobyns-Bennett Indians playing football,” Deal said.

For the first game of the season, Assistant Superintendent Andy True said it’s one of the biggest.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had five to six thousand people here tonight,” True said.

With the new football season, comes new restrictions for fans.

“You know this is an issue for any major venue now,” True said.

New policies include no backpacks, no large bags and no stadium seats.

“I won’t enjoy that because I want something to support my back, but whatever the regulations are we will just follow them,” Deal said. “We will stand up for most of the game and cheer on our Indians.”

Another regulation, no live streaming.

“We want folks to be able to experience the environment and to be able to be hre live and be part of the experience,” True said.

An experience fans like Deal have been waiting for. 

“The first game everybody’s excited because we’ve waiting 9 months for the start of football season again,” Deal said. “So we’re geared up, win or lose we will have fun.”

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