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RFA alters student spectator rules for opening game vs. New Hartford

Steve Jones
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Posted 8/24/22

When the Rome Free Academy varsity football team opens its season at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at RFA Stadium, the student section will not be open, according to Rome Athletic Director …

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RFA alters student spectator rules for opening game vs. New Hartford

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ROME — When the Rome Free Academy varsity football team opens its season at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at RFA Stadium, the student section will not be open, according to Rome Athletic Director Michael Stamboly.

“Due to the inability for the district to verify students (in grades) 9-12 we will not have a student section open for the football game” on Sept. 2 against New Hartford, he said in a statement. “All seating and entry will be at the stadium (entrance) on Turin Street. As we have done in the past we will continue to require Middle School students; seventh and eighth graders to be accompanied by a parent(s) or guardian(s). They will not be able to purchase a ticket without the parent supervision throughout the game.”

The Black Knights are a few practices into their preseason and will participate in a practice at East Syracuse-Minoa High School this Friday. The non-league game Sept. 2 is the season opener.

The Class AA team will then host league foe Baldwinsville at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. The team’s first road game will be a league contest at Henninger at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

The team was 2-6 last season with a loss to Baldwinsville in the Class AA quarterfinals. This season is the fifth under head coach Jake DerCola.

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