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King of the County game will start at 8 p.m. / August 25, 2021
With daytime temperatures forecast at more than 95 degrees Friday and an early evening heat index expected to exceed 100 degrees, Bluestone and Park View athletic departments have decide to push back Friday night’s King of the County game time to 8 p.m.

Bluestone athletics director Justin Kirkland said the change in time is to protect Bluestone and Park View players, coaches and anyone involved in supporting the rivalry game.

Kirkland said the projected heat indexes are just too dangerous, according to the school’s athletic trainers and various weather services. The game will take place at Bluestone.

“At the recommendation of both Bluestone and Park View’s certified athletic trainers in conjunction with forecasts from the National Weather Service and VHSL safety guidelines, Friday’s football game between Bluestone and Park View will begin at 8 p.m. Gates will open at 7 p.m. This decision was made due to unsafe heat index numbers projected between 5-7 p.m.; the projected heat index in that time frame is potentially unsafe for players and staff,” Kirkland said in an email.

“Mecklenburg County Public Schools places student safety above all else, and, with that in mind, supports the decision to move the start time to 8 p.m. Thank you for your understanding,” wrote Kirkland.

This will be the final game of the cross-county series as the high schools will merge in the 2022 school year to form Mecklenburg County High School.

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