Violent brawl sparks ticket policy change

September 20, 2018 06:24 AM

The Rochester City School District is working with the Rochester Police Department and Pathways to Peace to implement a new ticket sale process for upcoming football games after a brawl broke out at the East/Wilson game last weekend.

Violence erupted in the bleachers at Marina Auto Stadium Saturday afternoon. After repeated episodes of fighting, school officials ended the game at halftime.

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The athletes were escorted out of the stadium and the crowds were instructed to leave. But then, more fights continued in neighborhood streets.

Three suspects were arrested for disorderly conduct.

School district officials say the new ticket sale process is for the two homecoming games on Saturday, Sept. 22 -- Wilson vs. Monroe at noon at Marina Auto Stadium and East High vs. Edison at 1 p.m. at East High. 

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Friday for students of the competing schools to purchase at participating schools for $3 a ticket. Those students will get a wristband to gain entrance into the game.

“That will allow them to get into the game quicker than those buying tickets at the gate,” explained Michael Schmidt, chief operating officer for RCSD.

He explained the pre-sale process, “gives us a baseline for the number of people. There is a capacity at each venue.”

It also allows the school district to make sure the students coming into the game attend the schools who are participating. Tickets will also be available at the gates. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with proper ID.

“Adults and families are welcomed and encouraged. If a student from another school is attending, they must be with an adult or they won’t be able to enter the game,” he said.

On Monday, East High School Superintendent Sean Nelms, Rochester City School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, Mayor Lovely Warren, and interim Police Chief Mark Simmons announced a changed approach to security school events following the melee. 

“I don’t want to reveal all of our tactics but we’re having more police presence and much more is being done on the front end of this so we have a safe environment for students and families,” said Schmidt.

Students can purchase the tickets at school this week for $3. Tickets will also be available at the gates. 


Stephanie Robusto

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