Bentonville Football: Plans made for crowd overflow at Tiger Stadium

Posted: November 3, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Bleachers were being placed in Tiger Stadium in preparation for today's game between Bentonville and Bentonville West.

BENTONVILLE -- A capacity crowd is expected when Bentonville High takes on Bentonville West for the outright 7A-West Conference championship tonight in Tiger Stadium.

Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore said the Tiger Stadium gates will open at the normal 5:30 p.m. time, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Additional bleachers have been added on the east side and the southeast corner of the stadium in hopes of seating at least 500 more fans, and other precautions have been put into place to maintain crowd control.

"We have a seating capacity in the stadium, but we also have a different capacity in regards to the stadium itself," Passmore said. "We do have standing room only, and we'll have additional seating in the end zones. We're anticipating that we can get about 6,000 people in this event. That's what we will try to do, and we will monitor it as we go.

"Once we get to a point where there's no more seats available, then we'll announce that it's standing room only. If we reach a point where people can't visibly see the game, it doesn't do them any good to buy a ticket and just stand under the bleachers.

The game is considered a Bentonville West home game, so Wolverines fans will occupy the west (home) stands of Tiger Stadium. Passmore said West's adult passes and Bentonville athletic combo passes will be accepted for admission, seating and parking, as well as all Bentonville student passes.

Bentonville High passes for admission, seating and parking will not be honored, and Tigers fans will occupy the visitor bleachers on the east side. The Bentonville band will be on bleachers on the east side of the north end zone, while the student section will be on the northeast side of the stadium.

"The good thing about our facility is there is multiple entrance and exit areas," Passmore said. "We're not concerned from a safety point on that. It's more about providing an environment where people can get in and actually see the game."

NW News on 11/03/2017