North Hills School District News Article

Fall sports, spectators and event date changes amid governor's amended order

Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Beginning Friday, Oct. 9, following Gov. Tom Wolf’s adjusted order on Tuesday, Oct. 6, the North Hills School District is increasing the number of spectators allowed at district events.

As a result, several upcoming event dates have changed:

  • Thursday night’s home varsity football game at Martorelli Stadium will now be played on Friday, Oct. 9. Kick off remains at 7 p.m.
    • All members of the football team, the marching band and cheerleading squad are permitted to attend under the governor’s new order.
    • Each senior participant will be given two tickets to the game. All other participants will be given one ticket each. Only those with tickets will be admitted and no tickets will be available for purchase.
    • The game will be streamed live and a livestream link will be shared prior to kick-off.
    • This game was scheduled to broadcast live on 22 The Point. At this time, we are unsure if that will still happen on Friday. Information will be shared as it becomes available.
    • The 2020 class of inductees in the North Hills Sports Hall of Fame will be recognized at Friday night’s football game. The inductee reception on Wednesday, Oct. 7 will be held as scheduled.
  • Friday night’s homecoming event at Martorelli Stadium will now be held on Saturday, Oct. 10. The start time remains at 7 p.m.
    • The homecoming court ceremony will include all nominees and their escorts and performances by the entire North Hills Marching Band.
    • All participants including all nominees, escorts and marching band members will be given two tickets to the event. Only those with tickets will be admitted and no tickets will be available at the gate.
    • The event will be streamed live and a livestream link will be shared prior to Saturday evening.

"We understand these last minute changes are not ideal and there are going to be conflicts but we feel it’s important that our entire football team, entire band and entire cheerleading squad participate during a game together at Martorelli and this is our last weekend to do it,” said Superintendent Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino. "We also feel it’s equally important that our senior parents get to see their children participate in-person, something they’ve been unable to do this season, and since the governor’s changes do not take effect until Friday, we were forced to make these adjustments."

Moving forward, North Hills event attendees will be still limited based on venue capacity and in accordance with the governor’s recent order and select events, such as volleyball, will remain ticketed events only. Details will be communicated as necessary.

NHSD will continue to follow its COVID-19 Return to Play Health and Safety Plan approved by the school board on June 30, 2020, as it has since fall sports began.

At ALL events, when in attendance, spectators must wear face coverings at all times and follow social distancing guidelines. Seating areas, including bleachers, may be marked to adhere to occupancy limits and to allow for at least six feet between those not in the same household. Restrooms will be open but concession stands will be closed. Additional practices, such as timed entry or additional entry and exit points, may be implemented.

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