Martinsville High School boys basketball game attendance capped at 300 after fans storm the court

Basketball players, coaches and school officials will not count as fans


MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Only 300 spectators will be allowed into Martinsville boys’ basketball games starting Friday, Jan. 27. School leaders say basketball players, coaches and school officials will not count as fans.

The details of visitor restrictions come after a fight broke out on Jan. 18 during a game against Magna Vista, leading to chaos as fans stormed the court.

“Providing an excellent learning environment where students are encouraged, supported, and nurtured is our number one priority,” Martinsville High School Principal, Dr. Aji Dixon, said in a statement. “In order to provide an environment conducive to that end we have to have safety as one of our top concerns.”

He went on to state that individuals will be prohibited from walking onto the basketball court during a basketball game, and said anyone who goes onto the court unauthorized will be banned from future games.

Tickets will be available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Friday and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The basketball team will be taking on Halifax County in Friday’s game at 7 p.m.

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