BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) — Mitchell Stadium has been quiet for the past few weeks. Friday night the stadium will be one of the loudest places you’ve ever seen. That being said, police and school officials want to ensure that the environment is not only competitive but also safe.
“Don’t come drunk. Do not try to introduce alcohol into the game. This is a high school football game. It’s not a college game where it’s allowed, it’s not a professional game where it’s allowed. These are our children and what kind of example are you setting for your children if you show up drunk,” said West Virginia Police Chief Dennis Dillow Bluefield.
Since Graham is the home team this year, play falls under Tazewell County School rules.
This year they are implementing a new clear bag policy. This means that if you bring a bag that is not transparent, it will need to be searched before being allowed into the stadium. The policy also applies to strollers.
“This policy is not only to protect event participants but also spectators. We want everyone to come and enjoy our sporting events, our other school events and we want them to know that we are doing everything what is in our power to make it a safe event,” Tazewell County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Stacy said.
Another change coming to the game is how parking will work. Lots will be closed until 4:30 p.m., then Bluefield Police will direct drivers where to park.
“I would ask if you drop the kids off at play and don’t stay if you drop them off at the auditorium and let them in on that side it will make it a lot easier for not necessarily for us but for you to come in and to get out,” Dillow said.
Dillow also says people should lock their vehicles to ensure valuables aren’t easily stolen, although he adds that hasn’t been an issue in recent years.
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