NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are new entrances, concession stands, and parking at Wildcat Stadium. The changes brought some unexpected issues. Now, North Little Rock High School is finding new ways to handle overcrowding.
"We had a flow of traffic coming back and forth," said Superintendent Kelly Rodgers. “We didn’t anticipate that.”
"You couldn't like move you know," said 10th grader, Sunny Bhakta on the overflowing stands.
In a stadium that sits 5,500, roughly 6,500 attended the Maumelle vs. North Little Rock game on Friday. There were parking issues and crowding.
“Restrooms were blocked because of large groups of people trying to get to concession stands," said Rodgers.
Rodgers added there will be at least an additional 10 campus security staff.
“We have more security this week to make sure people know where to go and to help usher people along," said Rodgers.
He wants to make sure all available seats are being used.
“There were people standing around and not sitting down and not utilizing all the chairs," said Rodgers.
Next to the visitors stands, a new fence is being put up.
“That’s crowd control to keep opposing teams from mixing," said Rodgers.
The North Little Rock School District released the following new procedures for Wildcat Stadium:
- No One should be dropped off on Main street!
- All students must have a student ID to sit in the student sections located on the home side (lower A+B and upper A sections= high school; upper B section= middle school).
- No running around (horse playing)!
- No standing in the concourse areas (all spectators must keep moving).
- No loitering behind the bleachers, in the concession areas, or restrooms.
- No spectators on the field at any time unless authorized by school personnel.
- 10 minutes after the end of the game, all spectators must vacate the stadium.
- Only individuals with handicapping conditions & their caregivers may sit in the designated area (concourse areas).
- SCHOOL PERSONNEL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ASK ANY VIOLATORS TO VACATE THE STADIUM.
“Be courteous to people as they come through and know there are some new rules," said Rodgers.
“I’m probably going to get there earlier than I did last time," said Bhakta.
There will be new signs designating drivers where to go to help with traffic flow. After Friday’s game, school leaders will look at procedures again to make necessary adjustments.