AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake Athletic Department just released a new set of rules for students attending varsity football games at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium.
The department said the procedures were put into place to increase safety, give students in grades 5-8 a close up view of the game and to enhance the fan experience while attending sporting events.
The rules are as follows:
- Grades K-4: Must be accompanied by a parent in order to enter the stadium, sit with their parents in the home bleachers and remain in the bleachers during the game.
- Grades 5-8: Sit in the bleachers (The Pier) in the west end zone, remain in the bleachers during the game, released as a group to use the restroom and concession stand during half time. Administrators and staff will oversee this section.
- Grades 9-12: Sit in the normal student section on the northeast side of the stadium.
The athletic department said they hope these new procedures will promote school spirit among students.
Superintendent Bob Scott said there was no specific incident that led to the rules. He said space is limited at the stadium, so officials wanted to make it safer for students in the bleachers.
Avon Lake Shoremen will play Westlake Demons in their first home game on Friday night at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.