Central Dauphin school district to ban fans from soccer and volleyball games
Fans of Central Dauphin and CD East will have to wait to see their teams play in person for home games of women’s football or volleyball.
The Central Dauphin School District announced on Wednesday that due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s meeting restrictions, spectators will not be allowed into stadiums or gymnasiums for women’s soccer or volleyball matches. A statement detailing the information says the spectator numbers will only accommodate home and visiting teams, group members, cheerleaders, security, essential staff, district staff and media.
Spectators will be allowed in other fall sports as long as the stadium can accommodate a limit of 25 people inside or 250 outside.
The school district’s decision means people will not be allowed to stand behind fences or stand outside fences to watch the game, and campuses will be closed at 5:30 p.m. on game days and police will force anyone present to leave so as not to exceed the capacity of 250. The press release indicates that no vehicles will be allowed on school property.
The school district’s announcement came on the same day the Pa. House failed to override the veto of Wolf of House Bill 2787, which would allow individual schools to develop spectator policies and decide for themselves whether or not to have sports.
However, a federal judge had already ruled that Wolf’s the lockdown and collection limitations were unconstitutional and did not grant the governor a stay of the lockdown. While the decision is appealed to the United States’ Third Circuit of Appeals, schools can currently decide how many spectators to allow for events, though that would drop to 25 indoors and 250 outdoors if the circuit court grants Wolf a stay.
the The PIAA board said at Wednesday’s meeting that for now, schools can decide how many spectators to allow for the events.
Mid-Penn Conference schools have come up with different answers on how to deal with spectators at events. Susquehanna Township does not currently allow fans to its home football match, according to his athletics page, while Camp Hill only allows families of senior soccer players, cheerleaders and group members to attend with just two tickets distributed per family, according to his page. Altoona, on the other hand, increased attendance to 33% of spectator capacity at all fall events, his athletics account shared on Twitter.
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