It’s not exactly the Homecoming game that Beecher High School had hoped for this week. Friday’s football match will be played without students in the stands and limited spectators.
In a letter to students and parents on Monday, Sept. 19, the district outlined the schedule for the upcoming reunion week. The program listed the normal activities such as the cheering rally and dancing, but it was the football game that stood out.
This year’s game on Friday night against Hamady will be played without students in the stands. In fact, according to Beecher Principal Lance Sumpter’s letter, viewership will be very limited. Players will only receive 4 tickets per play for the family to pre-sell at school. Tickets will be for adults only.
The decision comes after fights broke out in the stands between students. The incident prompted the cancellation of last week’s game between Beecher and the Flint Jaguars at halftime.
Following last week’s violence, the Flint Jaguars are limiting their invite-only attendance for their next two home games starting this Friday. Flint Community Schools will allow players to invite five family members each and will allow former athletes, staff and college scouts to participate in games with prior athletic director approval according to ABC-12.
It’s unclear if Beecher’s final home game on Oct. 21 will see the students back in the stands.