Fans Turned Away

March 2, 2017

When a high school gym reached capacity for a boys' basketball playoff game at Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C., parents and other attendees were not allowed entry. According to the Charlotte Observer, after hearing that seats were available on the opponent’s side of the bleachers, spectators who were turned away voiced their complaints.

“It was very confusing to those of us inside, because there were seats available on the visiting team’s side,” Heidi Risser told the Charlotte Observer . “We asked the cops to do something, but they said the assistant principal was in charge of this action. It was such an unsportsmanlike maneuver to lock out the opponent’s fans, but that is what happened. It was senseless, unnecessary, and cannot be remedied at this point.”


The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will look into the complaints filed by those who were turned away. But decisions about handling crowds are usually left to the schools since they are more familiar with their gyms’ capacity.

“Based on the recommendation of law enforcement, we reached capacity in the Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) gym near the end of the first quarter,” the school system said in a statement. “At that time, school officials closed the gym. We regret that fans supporting both teams were not allowed in, but our decision was based on ensuring the safety of the spectators inside.”

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