NC Home passes invoice to permit bulk capability in faculty soccer stadiums
By employees of the Carolina Journal
Raleigh, NC – The NC House approved the Kickoff College Sports Act by 77-42 votes on Wednesday April 28th, which would allow participation in outdoor college stadiums at full capacity.
According to a press release, Senate Bill 115 allows public and private universities in Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Harnett, Jackson, Mecklenburg, Orange, Pasquotank, Pitt, Robeson, Wake, and Watauga counties to operate at 100%.
NC State’s Carter Finley Stadium (photo by Gene Galin)
The legislation, introduced by House Majority Leader John Bell, R-Wayne, is a local bill and does not require the governor’s signature to become law.
The current order of Governor Roy Cooper limits the number of guests in the spectator stands and viewing areas of a sports facility, stadium or arena to 50% of the stated fire capacity.
“The Kickoff College Sports Act will provide our schools and fans with much-needed security as we approach the football season,” Bell said in the press release. “This bill will ensure that more students, parents, family members and fans can visit and support their schools and give the governor the authority to close a stadium if necessary.”
Under the law, the governor would have the power to close, restrict or reduce the operation of individual stadiums if necessary to protect the health and safety of athletes, employees and participants, but would not be empowered to place a statewide order for closure, restriction or restriction of the operation of these stages.
The legislation goes to the Senate for a vote.