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Fans Reaction to New Ruling

Up until Yesterday afternoon the Altoona Area School District was prepared to allow thousands of spectators into Mansion Park Stadium to watch one of the biggest games of the year, a rivalry game, Altoona vs. Hollidaysburg.

Now only just a handful of players’ parents are allowed in.

This comes after a federal court appeal that reinstated governor Wolf’s 250 person capacity restrictions. The Altoona Area School District’s school board voted to follow that restriction for tonights game. Just a week ago around 2,500 fans filed into the stadium to watch the Mountain Lions take on Cumberland Valley.

That was made possible by a federal judges decision that the governor’s restrictions were unconstitutional, but the new appeal has nullified
that ruling for the time being.

Altoona’s athletic director Phil Riccio says the new restrictions are now an order, not simply a mandate, meaning going against that decision would be breaking the law. Around 2,200 tickets have
already been sold for tonight’s game.

Riccio says they will be refunded some time next week. Riccio says some parents of varsity players will be allowed to attend. Altoona varsity parents get 2 tickets, Hollidaysburg parents
get 1. He says the court appeal blindsided school districts, calling it frustrating.

“Especially with the game in the community of tonight versus Hollidaysburg, it’s a shot at us. But we will survive this and hopefully people will be respectful of the order so that we can move forward and let our kids play.”

You can visit our website ABC23.COM for details on watching this game online .

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