As I have said on many occasions, we encourage all fans to come out to support our teams. While I do not want to discourage younger students from supporting our Wolfpack teams, the reality of the situation is that many of these young students have little interest in the games.
Social interaction with their peers is of a high priority when they are in attendance, and this seems especially true at football games. They usually see very little (if any) of these games.
This creates a problem in providing a safe environment for the students, spectators and participants. Several incidents were caused in the past by unsupervised youth that distracted from the event and resulted in injuries to bystanders.
As a result of this problem, we will again this year enforce the following policy: No elementary or middle school students will be admitted to a Park High School home football game unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This rule has been adopted by several other schools in our conference as well as the metro area. I encourage all parents to discuss this policy with their children before bringing them to the games.
If students enter the gates with their parents, we would expect that they sit with them throughout the entire game. Students who loiter in the area just in front of the concession stand often cause a problem for the other fans that are there to watch the game.
We also encourage these younger students to come to watch football, as opposed to playing football in the small grassy area near the flagpole. I hope parents can help us enforce this policy.
I highly encourage ninth grade students to bring their student ID with them, because many of the high school staff working the games may not recognize these students early in the school year.
Also, just a reminder for all fans that backpacks (including drawstring bags) and outside food or beverage are not allowed in Wolfpack Stadium. Students should make sure that they leave these items at home or in the car.
No re-admission is allowed, so once fans enter the gates, they will be required to purchase another ticket if they want to leave and re-enter. Thank you for helping us to provide a safer, more positive environment at our football games and for your support of the Wolfpack.