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MASD Eyes Public Return to High School Stadium

Vandalism, fighting forced temporary restrictions

By Adam Reinherz
The Tube City Almanac
March 08, 2024
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(McKeesport Area School District official photo)

McKeesport Area School District hopes that the general public can resume using the high school stadium within a few months.

The district is working with a private security company to address concerns at Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium on Eden Park Boulevard, Superintendent Tia Wanzo said this week.

A message posted to the district’s Facebook page on Feb. 25 stated, “Due to acts of vandalism and misconduct that compromise safety, the stadium will be temporarily closed as we explore ways to ensure safety for the community.”

Police officers have said that groups of kids — some of whom had been dropped off by the parents from neighboring school districts, including Clairton and Duquesne — were gathering at the stadium after hours.

The stadium can’t be a site for “throwing trash or fighting,” Wanzo said. “We want to get to the point that we are able to open it again.”

Wanzo said the district is “looking at ways to make it as safe as possible.” Hopefully, once school lets out this summer, the stadium will be open to the public during the day, she said.

A plan being developed with the security company will dictate stadium access next fall, Wanzo said.

“We have to find a way to monitor it — possibly adding some cameras and things — in order to make it safe for everybody,” she continued. “It just can't be open the way that it was.”

Adam Reinherz is a freelance writer. He can be reached at adam.reinherz@gmail.com

Originally published March 08, 2024.

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