NO SPECTATORS—Perry and Westinghouse had to play their game without any spectators in Cupples Stadium due to a shooting incident outside Perry High School. Some spectators watched the game from the McArdle roadway. (Photo by William McBride)
Two traditional football powerhouses squared off in their home opener when Perry faced Westinghouse at Cupples Stadium last week. But unless you were a sports reporter or photographer, you didn’t see it—no one did.
That’s because district leadership, and administrators at Perry and its athletic department, decided that no spectators would be admitted to the Sept. 9 game due to safety concerns follow the shooting of a student outside Perry Traditional Academy the morning before.
According to police, a student was shot in the hip during a fight at the intersection of Perrysville and Baytree Street just after 7 a.m. Three juveniles were taken into custody almost immediately thereafter and a fourth was detained about 30 minutes later. The victim was treated and released from Allegheny General Hospital.
Pittsburgh Public Schools Spokesperson Ebony Pugh said the decision to close the game to spectators was driven by a desire to ensure the safety of all students.