GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) – The Garfield Heights City School District is making some safety changes after an incident that happened at the football game last Friday night.
“Garfield Heights City Schools leaders, with the quick and thorough help of the City of Garfield Heights Police responded quickly to investigate and secure the area, while helping students, staff and spectators to safely exit the stadium,” Superintendent Richard Reynolds said in a statement, referring to Friday’s incident.
Now, the school district is taking additional precautions that will be implemented as soon as this Thursday’s varsity game.
The changes include earlier start times for the remaining home games:
- Sept. 1 game against Lutheran East will start at 4 p.m.
- Sept. 23 game against Shaker Heights will start at 4 p.m.
- Oct. 7 game against Stow will start at 5 p.m.
They also making ticketing changes:
- Tickets will be passcode protected
- Home participants have a limit of five tickets each, but that can be raised if necessary
- Visiting participants have a limit of five tickets each.
- Home students have a one ticket limit, with a 200-ticket max capacity.
High school students have to show their student ID when entering the gate, and middle school students have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The concession stand won’t be operating during this Thursday’s game.
The district is also putting in portable parking lot lights and increasing the district administrator presence at the games.
“Over the long term, the district is also actively considering future safety and security upgrades that will require collaboration with the community, public safety officials and other partners,” Superintendent Reynolds said in the statement.
Some of those potential changes include building an athletic complex, installing new traffic lights and hiring more permanent safety personnel.