Evanston Township High School will offer free admission to Friday's homecoming football game to parents who bring their middle school students to the game.
The Wildkits will play Maine South in the 7:30 p.m. varsity contest.
Nearly 4,000 fans attend Wildkit varsity football home games, and Athletic Director Chris Livatino expects the Homecoming game to sell out by half time.
With the large crowds comes an increased concern about the safety of middle school children who are attending home games without an adult. The high school hopes to encourage parents and guardians to attend home games with their children in an effort to ensure the wellbeing of all spectators.
“We are asking for the support of all middle school parents and guardians to help us maintain a safe, enjoyable community event. They are the best support system for their children, and we hope that this invitation to join their young fans in the stands will create a Wildkit family tradition that lasts through this season and the years to come,” Oscar Hawthorne, the high school's principal, said.
The school is offering one free adult admission for parents/guardians who purchase one full-priced $2 student admission for their middle school child, subject to ticket availability.
Fans are encouraged to park in the main lot behind the high school, accessible from Church Street or Lake Street.