OLYMPIA FIELDS – Football teams from rival suburban Chicago high schools will get to play before fans after all.
Administrators initially banned all spectators from Saturday afternoon's varsity football game between Rich South and Rich Central after a brawl broke out late last month between students from the two schools. At least 16 teenagers were arrested.
The Southtown Star reported that Superintendent Doris Langon initially limited fans because she was worried weapons would be brought to the game. But she relented, saying that keeping students, parents and fans away from the Olympia Fields game would have been unfair to players.
Access was limited to adult family members for Thursday's games between sophomore and freshman squads.
District officials said extra security will be on hand Saturday and police will use metal-detecting wands as necessary.