EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Gadsden’s road football game at Chaparral High School has been moved from Friday night to Saturday morning at 9 a.m. due to safety concerns for fans and players.

The game will be held without any spectators, according to a statement released by Gadsden Independent School District on Friday morning. The district told KTSM that the ban on spectators includes media. The game will be streamed on Chaparral’s YouTube page.


The message from the school district said the decision was made for the safety of fans and players of both schools, after threatening messages were posted to social media.

The threatening messages came after an altercation between the two schools and their fans at the JV football game between the two sides earlier this week, according to a school district official. The incident is currently under investigation by the district.

A source told KTSM that police were called to the game, but no arrests were made.

“Recent events have led to a decision that will affect this week’s game between Gadsden and Chaparral,” the statement reads.

Gadsden won the game 50-0 when it was played on Saturday morning. Gadsden is now 6-2 on the season and Chaparral is 0-8.