Citing safety concerns, Evanston Township High School announced that the homecoming football game scheduled for this Friday night will be moved to Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The change was made “in light of recent community incidents in the Church Street area,” according to a press release from the school district. Among the recent incidents on Church Street is the shooting death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman. Police say he was killed by a man with gang affiliations in a case of mistaken identity.
“It is our hope that a daytime event will provide a safer commuting experience for our students and the thousands of Wildkit fans who wish to attend the game,” the release said. “No other changes to Friday night games are anticipated.”
The ETHS Wildkits will play the Maine South Hawks during this year's homecoming game. Half-time entertainment includes a performance by the marching band, the PomKits, and the crowning of a homecoming king and queen. Tickets are $2 for ETHS students, with a valid student ID, and $3 for adults. Entry is free for anyone who donates two cans of food to local food pantries.
Also taking place on Saturday, the ETHS homecoming dance will begin an hour earlier than previously scheduled, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., according to the release.