With 10 high schools and 17 middle schools, Frisco ISD hosts a lot of athletic events. Starting this fall, that means there will be plenty of sports for FISD fans to watch without leaving home.
During the 2020-21 school year, the District will offer live video streams of most competitions held at high school and middle school stadiums and gymnasiums. The streaming video will allow FISD to shine a spotlight on the variety of roles students play in sporting events, while also allowing more fans to stay connected as conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic require attendance restrictions.
The broadcasts will be available through the NFHS Network (NFHSNetwork.com), which offers live streaming of high school athletics and other school events across the country. Frisco ISD partnered with the NFHS Network to install 22 Pixellot automated video cameras at athletics facilities.
NFHS Network subscriptions are $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year and include access to all live sporting events across the NFHS Network, including UIL playoff games and state competitions. In addition to the live streams, subscribers have access to archived video that becomes available 24 to 48 hours after an event ends.
More information about the NFHS Network, along with instructions for signing up, are here:
The volleyball season begins September 14 and the first night for football games is September 24.
Fans will be able to watch live broadcasts of football games played at Memorial Stadium, the Ford Center and Toyota Stadium, each with a team of announcers handling play-by-play. Fans will also be able to see live streaming of volleyball matches played at FISD high school and middle school gymnasiums.
This will allow more access for fans this fall when state mandates for social distancing will require FISD to limit attendance significantly. Because of the COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, FISD will restrict ticket sales to immediate family members for all levels of volleyball matches in middle school and high school. The same will be true for all levels of football games other than varsity. No event admission passes will be accepted, and only varsity football will offer tickets to the public – and those will be very limited because of the state requirements for social distancing. (FISD staff members will have an opportunity to get tickets for games featuring students on their home campus.)
Pixellot cameras were installed at the 10 FISD high school campus stadiums, which are used for non-varsity football, soccer and track and field, as well as at each high school’s main gymnasium. Pixellot cameras were also installed at FISD Memorial Stadium and at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium. For streaming events at other facilities, such as baseball and softball fields and middle school gymnasiums, traditional cameras will be used.
“Frisco ISD prides itself on creating opportunities for our students, and our dedicated students and coaches work hard to maximize those opportunities in athletics,” FISD Athletic Director David Kuykendall said. “We hope the live streaming of games will allow more families, friends and fans to be a part of our students’ experiences and achievements.”