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Going to tonight’s Madison Bowl? There are some new guidelines to keep in mind

MADISON – One of the biggest nights in Madison sports occurs this evening when cross-city rival high schools, James Clemens and Bob Jones, meet for the annual Madison Bowl football game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Madison City Stadium on Celtic Drive. An estimated 5,000 to 7,000 spectators are expected.

If you are planning to venture out to the game, there are a few things Madison City Schools (MCS) would like for you to keep in mind.

“The Madison Bowl is an exciting event for the entire community of Madison,” said MCS  Superintendent of Education Dr. Ed Nichols. “I would like to reiterate the importance of kindness, patience, and sportsmanship by those who attend.”

In order for the game to be safe and enjoyable, Dr. Nichols said spectators and students need to be aware MCS stadium guidelines. “Many have been in place for years, but some changes have been made due to new traffic patterns, changes inside the stadium, and stadium campus reconfiguration with the opening of Journey Middle School.”

MADISON CITY STADIUM GUIDELINES

  • Only small purses, diaper bags, and medical bags are allowed to be brought into the stadium. We currently do not have a clear bag policy, and spectators with oversized bags may be denied entry.
  • All bags on MCS property are subject to search.
  • No knives, guns, or any other weapons are allowed on MCS property.
  • Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and vaping devices are prohibited on MCS property.
  • Spectators must keep walkways in the stadium seating area clear. Private security guards will assist in keeping the elevated walkways and railings clear.
  • Spectators (including children) are not allowed to run or play with balls inside the stadium.
  • Spectators will not be allowed field access without the appropriate credentials.
  • The fenced area around the flagpole (south end zone) will now be closed to spectators.
  • Spectators who leave the stadium will have to repay admission in order to return into the stadium.
  • MCS students attending games are subject to the MCS Code of Student Conduct.
  • We strongly encourage parents of elementary and middle school students to attend the game with their children. If not, please ensure an adult at the game will serve as an emergency contact for your child.
  • Spectators are asked to be respectful and follow stadium guidelines. Those who cause problems will be asked to leave the stadium/property and not given a refund or allowed to return.

PARKING & GATES

  • Access to the stadium parking lot on game day will not be allowed until after 4PM, gates open at 5:15PM.
  • Spectators can access the stadium using Celtic Drive, Shorter Street, or the south entrance on Garner Street.
  • Additional parking will be available in the grass area east of the stadium behind the visitor bleachers.
  • At the conclusion of the game, outbound traffic will be given priority and inbound traffic may not easily access the stadium so please plan accordingly.

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