PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Chiefs play in the Central Jersey, Group 5 championship game this Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. against top seed Manalapan Braves at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.
Since the big game is being played at a college football stadium, the NJSIAA issued a reminder to high school game fans that all events it sponsors are alcohol and drug-free, and tailgating at games is strictly prohibited.
“We want all our fans, many of whom are minors, to have an enjoyable experience while attending scholastic sports competitions,” explained Steve Timko, the NJSIAA’s executive director in a Monday news release. “And that’s why we instituted specific rules that don’t allow certain activities and behaviors. All of our member schools are in agreement that we will not tolerate a few individuals enjoying themselves at the expense of everyone else.”
The NJSIAA’s rules for event behavior clearly contrast with those for both professional and even collegiate sports, at which tailgating is often an institution and most venues sell alcohol. The difference, Timko noted, isn’t just the age of the athletes who are competing.
“When you attend an NFL or Big Ten football game, for example, the entire environment is dedicated to fan entertainment,” he said. “But high school sports are different. Even a state championship football game contested at Met Life Stadium is an extension of the classroom. And you don’t allow alcohol, drugs or tailgating at school.”
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