The Central Bucks School District decided last month it would allow spectators at some fall athletic events starting Sept. 28.
Under the rules, spectators were to be allowed at tennis, golf, field hockey, soccer, cross country, football (marching band and cheerleading), and volleyball events. Athletes would get two athletic game passes per family to allow entry into the event.
However, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday gained a court victory on his statewide limits on crowd sizes when a federal appeals court ruled the restrictions can remain while his administration appeals a federal judge’s ruling that the limits are unconstitutional.
As a result, “we have been advised that the crowd limitations designated within the order must be enforced on our campuses,” Central Bucks Superintendent John Kopicki said in a message to the school community.
The number of students participating in Friday’s Central Bucks High School West versus Pennridge High School will meet the threshold of 250 people, so no spectators are permitted. Further, Kopicki said, any tickets issued for football or volleyball games cannot be honored currently due to the Pennsylvania’s Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.
He noted tickets will continue to be issued to parents of students where crowd limitations can be enforced.