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Fans fill the Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium for the Comets varsity football team’s homecoming game on Sept. 17. The Comets beat Park View High School 55-21.

The Halifax County High School athletic department is implementing a fan code of conduct for the home football games to ensure an enjoyable experience for all.

“It is the desire of Halifax County High School to provide patrons, fans, athletes and visitors in attendance a safe and enjoyable experience when attending our home football games and activities,” said HCHS principal Michael Lewis.

All HCHS students who wish to attend must be in good standing and will be provided the opportunity to purchase home game tickets prior to the game during their lunch period. All students will be limited to one ticket each.

“Any student who has been long term or short term suspended will not be permitted,” said Lewis.

Tickets for students who are 16 and older will be able to purchase tickets at the gate but must have a valid driver’s license or a form of identification.

Any students who wish to attend that are under the age of 16 will be required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must sit with that person as well. Parents can purchase tickets at the entrance to the field for themselves as well as their child.

Anyone who causes a disruption during the event or fails to comply with HCHS Comet Fan Code of Conduct will be removed from the game and will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the HCPS code of conduct.

“We won’t tolerate disruptions,” said Lewis.

He added, “We have had zero fights but four disruptions in which potential altercations were stopped by school employees or law enforcement.”

The HCHS has between 15-20 staff members who are expected to oversee the crowd and the South Boston Police Department and Halifax Police Department have between 8-12 deputies who attend as well. The ratio of the amount of people who attend the games is about one staff member or deputy per 100 individuals.

All fans will be expected to be seated in the bleachers unless visiting the concession stand or using the restroom facilities. There will no longer be standing room at the games.

“No one should be outside stadium seating,” said Lewis.

No bags will be allowed including bookbags but does not include small purses. Non-medically necessary items for babies and children must be carried in a clear bag.

Metal detectors may be used, and all items are subject to search at all entrances.

“Every fan is subject to search,” said Lewis. “We are asking the public to help us with these protocols. We are taking these measures to make a great experience for everyone here.”

Violators of the Comet Fan Code of Conduct may be restricted from future games and students will be subject to the HCPS code of conduct.

“As a community I think it is time to address the needs of Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium, we’ve outgrown it,” Lewis concluded.

The HCHS will still only be selling 1,500 tickets at events, and attendees who are unable to social distance are recommended to wear a mask due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.