CAMDEN, NJ — The final 17 minutes of the playoff game between Camden and Pleasantville high schools, that was halted Friday evening following a shooting in Pleasantville, where the game was being held, will be played at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the NJSIAA.
“Following NJSIAA’s statement on Saturday related to the completion of the game on Wednesday, November 20, at a neutral site, we can now announce that the Philadelphia Eagles have offered to host the suspended Pleasantville H.S. / Camden H.S. football playoff game at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at Lincoln Financial Field," Larry White, executive director, NJSIAA said in a news release.
Each high school will be provided a defined number of free passes, specifically for distribution to players’ parents and family members. The game will be closed to the general public. Specific details on the game passes will be provided shortly to both schools. The game will also be streamed live and free-of-charge on NJ.com.
“The NJSIAA would like to thank many of our member schools that offered their assistance, including the Black Horse Pike School District for its willingness to step in to host this game on such short notice and under difficult and unusual circumstances.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game. They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win," he said.
Six people have been charged in connection with the Friday night shooting, Three people were shot after a gunman opened fire at the game, in what authorities described as an act of "petty vengeance."
The team that wins on Wednesday will face Cedar Creek High School on Nov. 30, for the Central Group 2 Sectional Championship, at the home field of the higher seed.