The Jacksonville Fightin' Indian football team will be playing the first football in the post-renovation era of the Historic Tomato Bowl at 7 p.m. Friday when the Tribe will entertain Bullard in a preseason scrimmage.
With the new stadium and its artificial playing surface, come a few new rules that will be strictly enforced beginning on Friday.
Perhaps, the biggest change will be that fans will no longer be allowed on the field before, during or after games.
This policy was established to protect the turf, which must be kept free of food, tobacco products, sunflower/pumpkin seeds and chewing gum.
No outside food or drink is allowed in the Tomato Bowl. The JHS Band Boosters and JHS AG Club will be operating concession stands at all events, with the proceeds from the concession sales going to help finance the groups' activities throughout the school year.
Also, pets are not allowed on the field at any time.
Fans should also note that parking in the east lot (visitors side of the stadium) is reserved for the visiting team, band, drill team/cheerleader busses; coaches and for those who are eligible to park in the designated handicapped spaces. Additional handicapped parking spaces are available on Wilson St. at the north end of the stadium.
According to Grace Traylor of the Jacksonville Independent School District, the remaining spots in the lot are reserved for the district's key sponsors such as UT Health, Austin Bank and the City of Jacksonville.