SAGINAW (WJRT) - (02/06/19) - The Saginaw Public School District made some security changes ahead of the much anticipated cross-town rivalry game this week.
Instead of playing on a Friday night, the Saginaw High School boys basketball team will host Arthur Hill High School on Saturday afternoon.
"It's an unfortunate situation why they decided to change it. They wanted to get the social night life out of the crowd and take it back to where, you know what's the game all about, it's about the kids," said Saginaw High School Head Coach Julian Taylor.
When the two teams met in December, Saginaw High School won, but not before the game had to be called a couple minutes early when a situation in the stands spilled onto the court.
"Kids had nothing to do with it, students had nothing to do with it, you know, and it was just unfortunate two adults had got into a little squabble, but you know it took away from the game," Taylor said.
Changes have been made to ticket sales as well. Adults tickets will not be sold ahead of time. Instead, they can only be bought at the door on Saturday.
Adults can only buy one ticket and the district is only selling a total of 250 adult tickets. Adults cannot get into the game with a student ticket.
In addition, only Saginaw High School and Arthur Hill High School students, with the proper ticket, will be allowed into the game. Purses and backpacks will not be allowed inside either.
Taylor just wants his team to play basketball and show good sportsmanship in a rivalry the entire community looks forward to.
"We want people to see that there's two great programs going hard against each other, you know, trying to win a game, you know, and being very competitive," Taylor said.
Ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Saginaw High School.
The freshman game tips off 10 a.m., followed by the junior varsity game around 11:30 a.m. The varsity team takes the court around 1 p.m.