There’s a new attendance policy in place for home athletic events at Upper Darby High School for the winter season.
Events will no longer be open to the general public, according to a release on the athletics page on the school district’s website, which was posted Friday.
“Only Upper Darby School District students with school-issued IDs and who are eligible to attend school events will be allowed to purchase a ticket at the event,” according to the release. “All Upper Darby students must sit in the identified student section."
The release goes on to say that Upper Darby's teams and visiting teams would have to submit "a list of invited parents and family members who will then be able to buy a ticket at the gate. Students from the visiting team must show photo ID in order to buy a ticket."
In addition, an administrator from the visiting team is required to approve the entry of each person and crosscheck it with the list of invited. Students or adults who are not affiliated with either school will not be permitted to attend any of the sports events during the winter.
The policy change stems from an altercation between fans during the Upper Darby-Haverford boys basketball game at Upper Darby on Dec. 17, according to one school district source. The melee started in the stands and spilled onto the court. No players were involved in the altercation.
The change goes into effect for Saturday’s home boys basketball game against Conestoga, which is scheduled to tip-off at 1 p.m. The policy will continue throughout the winter season and also includes girls basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving and cheerleading.
Upper Darby athletic director Frank Nunan declined to comment when reached by phone Friday night and referred the Daily Times to the statement. In a text, boys basketball coach Bob Miller said that any comment had to come through the school district's communications office. Upper Darby communications director Aaronda Beauford did not respond to an email Friday night.
Wrestling coach Bob Martin, whose team lost at Strath Haven Friday night, also declined to comment.