Friday’s basketball game between Mount Vernon and New Rochelle at New Rochelle High School has been postponed due to security concerns.
The game has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. As part of added security measures, New Rochelle will charge admission for the game. Tickets can be purchased at the door — $5 for an adult, $2 for a student. Fans must have identification to purchase a ticket.
New Rochelle athletic director Steve Young said charging admission was one of several additional security measures the school will put in place for the game. He said the postponement was prompted by ongoing issues involving members of the communities and have included physical altercations and threats on social media.
“It’s been a series of incidents, off and on since October,” Young said. “In the last week there have been a couple of incidents.”
Young said the incidents do not involve players.
This is not the first time New Rochelle and Mount Vernon have had sporting events altered because of threats of violence in the communities. Perhaps the most notable came in Oct. 2005. The schools played a football game on a Friday morning during school and forbid spectators from attending.
“We thought about that,” Young said. “But we want people to be able to come to the game. It’s a healthy rivalry and we want to make it fun for everyone.”
This will be the first time the schools meet on a basketball court since last year’s Class AA championship, a game that immediately became one of the most memorable in the long history of basketball at the Westchester County Center. New Rochelle senior Khalil Edney hit a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer to stun Mount Vernon, which had won eight straight Section 1 titles and was the two-time defending state champion.
The teams are also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Mount Vernon High School.