The Roxbury High School football team will be playing on sleek, new turf illuminated by new LED lights when it takes the field Oct. 9 for its first home game. But it won't be performing for many fans.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only about 100 spectators will be allowed on the Roxbury High School primary bleachers, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator Joseph Mondanaro. The bleachers normally hold about 1,100 Gaels fans. Mondanaro, and Roxbury High School Athletic Director Stuart Mason, said there might be room for more spectators - including on the smaller "visitors" bleachers on the other side of the field. Even so, with social distancing requirements remaining in place, the Gaels will be playing in front of far fewer supporters than usually found at a home game.
"Right now, we plan to follow state guidelines and do everything we can to make sure we are safe...but also make it special for our football players, the Roxbury Sound band members and the cheerleaders," Mason said. "We want to make sure the experience is special, and part of that is to have spectators there."
Under the current schedule, the football team will play only six times. Its first contest will be an away game against West Morris Central on Oct. 2. The 7 p.m. Oct. 9 home opener will pit the Gaels against their rivals from Randolph. The only other home games will be Oct. 23 against Mount Olive and Oct. 30 against Morristown. Click here to read more about Roxbury athletics from TAPinto Roxbury.
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