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Blackhawk fans attending sporting events will face new rules as school officials have enacted additional security measures.

"Our community is excellent," Kevin Ramey, athletic director, said. "They're supportive and show up in large numbers. We're so thankful!

2018-2019 Pea Ridge Athletic Tickets

Individual All Sports Passes:^Adult^Students

Admits one (1) to all regular season Pea Ridge home athletic events^$100^$75

Senior pass: Pea Ridge residents 62 and older

Admits one (1) to any home athletic event sponsored by Pea Ridge Public Schools^Complimentary

Individual Game Ticket Prices 2018-2019

Adults^$5

Students^$5

Seniors^Complimentary

*Student tickets are for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. College students are adult admissions.

*Any lost or stolen pass will not be replaced.

*Pases and season tickets do no apply for benefit, tournament, district, regional or AAA playoff games.

Pea Ridge School District employees

Employee and guest^Complimentary (2)

Each additional child or pass (K-12)^$25

Blackhawk Foundation Membership information

Single membership (voting rights)^$25

Single membership with All Sports Pass (voting rights)^$100

Family membership w/two (2) All Sports Passes (voting rights for two)^$200

Permitted items

• Blankets

• Purses (subject to search)

• Rain gear

• Service dogs trained to aid patrons with a disability

• Stadium seats and seat cushions

• Wheelchairs and walkers

Prohibited items/activities

• Alcoholic beverages

• Baby seats/strollers

• Backpacks/duffle bags/large bags

• Coolers, ice chest or thermal containers

• Firearms, knives, explosives, weapons of any kind

• Laser pointers

• Outside food or drink

• Pets

• Purses/bags

• Signs without prior approval of Pea Ridge Athletics

• Toys, such as beach balls, footballs, Frisbee, baseballs

• Throwing any objects inside the stadium

• Tobacco of any kind, including e-cigarettes

• Umbrellas

• Lawn chairs

• Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate

"This isn't going to be restrictive although there is going to be some uncomfortableness," he said. "We're trying to keep people safe. We're trying to go with the collegiate model."

Ramey explained that there was a time when everybody knew everybody, but the town and school have grown making that less likely.

"The whole thing is safety related."

Ramey said a portion of the north-south driveway along the east side of the stadium (behind the guest bleachers) will be closed to automobile traffic during games. The security measures will be enacted at all sporting events.

"The big issue for is is limiting re-entry," Ramey said, explaining that if someone leaves the event -- stadium or gym -- they will be charged full price for re-entry.

Ramey said the conference has changed and prices have changed to reflect that. Tickets are $5 for adults and students, kindergarten to 12th grade.

"It will be the same prices at all schools."

Season and senior passes are available at the school from Cheryl Tillman and Brenda Fuller, Ramey said.

"We want to make the events fun. We want to make them exciting for students, fans, athletes and make the event as secure as we can," he said.

Ramey said he and other school officials have been in discussion with other schools' officials, as well.

"We've been the leader. It's the way the world has gone. We want to be on the forefront," he said, adding that when the Blackhawks go to Maumelle, they'll see that fans enter through metal detectors.

Ramey said gates at the football stadium will open at 5 p.m.

General News on 08/08/2018

Print Headline: New security measures put in place

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