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SHS installs new basketball gameday policies

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga City Schools is changing up its gameday operations after Friday’s game was stopped at halftime for indoor athletics events.

In a press release, the system said after a thorough review of its safety plan, the following changes will be made for all spectators:

  1. All tickets for basketball games will be purchased using GoFan.
  2. Fans will see increased presence of security personnel.
  3. There will be no passes out. Once a spectator exits the building, he/she will not be allowed back inside.
  4. There will be no loitering in the lobby. Spectators will be asked to return to the gym and take their seat.
  5. Metal detectors will be used for all home basketball games.
  6. Any bag is subject to being searched.
  7. Any spectators causing a disturbance or not in compliance with the rules will be asked to leave.
  8. For everyone’s safety, the lobby and gym will be monitored at all times.

The changes start tomorrow night as Sylacauga basketball hosts Lincoln.

“We hope these new procedures will reassure our fans and visitors of their safety when they come to our basketball games at Sylacauga High School,” Supt. Dr. Michele Eller said. Security cameras will also be used for monitoring the gym and lobby areas by administration and law enforcement.

Eller said these procedures will be  the “new normal” for indoor athletic events going forward.

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