UPDATE: Fans evacuated after fight at Peoria/Metamora High School football game

Peoria Stadium scoreboard when a fight in the stands interrupted play.
Peoria Stadium scoreboard when a fight in the stands interrupted play.(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 8:41 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2022 at 11:01 PM CDT
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UPDATE (11:30 p.m.) - Metamora Township High School has decided to forfeit its game rather than resume play Saturday against Peoria High School, said PHS Athletic Director Brien Dunphy.

UPDATE (9:35 p.m.) - Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Sharon Kherat said the Peoria-Metamora game was postponed Friday night because of a fight in the Peoria Stadium bleachers.

There were no gunshots, said Kherat, and “PPS Resource Officers responded swiftly to secure the scene.”

Peoria Police were also on the scene.

The superintendent said the game will be played Saturday, with the time to be determined.

Manual will play Notre Dame at 1 p.m. at the stadium.

Attendance for both contests will be limited to two spectators for each player, cheerleader, and band member.

There will be a pass list that will be strictly enforced, said Kherat.

UPDATE (9:20 p.m.) - Multiple sources at Peoria Stadium, including Peoria Central’s athletic director, said the game with Metamora is called off for the night, and will resume sometime on Saturday.

PEORIA (25 News Now) - Authorities cleared the stands before halftime of Friday night’s high school football game between Peoria Central and Metamora at Peoria Stadium.

Peoria Police indicated no shots were fired, but the sounds came from District 150 officers hitting their batons on the metal bleachers. It’s not known why those officers were doing that.

Initially there were conflicting reports when the game will resume. A police spokesperson said the game would be played without spectators.

This story will be updated.