Following a “frightening and traumatic experience” involving fireworks last Friday at a college football game in Sudbury, Massachusetts, school officials have decided to reschedule this week’s game. and also to limit attendance.
In a post on the school’s website, the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School community was informed that this week’s college football game has been rescheduled until 6 p.m. Thursday. It was originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
Participation in the game between Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough High Schools will also be limited to soccer players, cheering teams, coaches, match officials and two parents / guardians per senior player. Lincoln-Sudbury police and staff will be on hand for additional surveillance and security, Director Bella Wong said.
Last Friday’s soccer game must have ended early after five or six fireworks were unexpectedly set off near the crowds, between Concord Road and behind the stands. Wong said at the time that some of the fireworks landed in the stands where spectators were seated and on the pitch.
After the ordeal near the visitors’ sideline, Wong apologized to the Fitchburg community, stressing that this was not a deliberate attempt to target them and that there would be an investigation .
Fireworks were set off near a crowd during a high school football game in Sudbury, forcing the game to end.
The measures announced on Wednesday are temporary, as school officials review new protocols that will be put in place in the wake of the incident, which Wong says frightened and traumatized many match participants, including athletes, officials and spectators.
“We need to take a break and re-evaluate how future similar parties will be handled,” Wong said Wednesday in his message to the school community.
The Lincoln-Sudbury incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the school athletic director, vice-principal or Sudbury Police Department. An investigation is underway.