NEWBERRY — On Oct. 13, Newberry College hosted Wingate University for the annual homecoming football game along with all of the pageantry and festivities surrounding such a special day for the college and community.
The 2012 homecoming was noted to have the largest attendance in school history and the football game drew the largest attendance at a home contest in nearly four years.
Due to such a large turnout for the game, it was noted in a letter to the editor in the Newberry Observer early the next week that many people parked in the neighboring Rosemont Cemetery.
The Rosemont Cemetery Commission issued the following statement:
“The Rosemont Cemetery Commission kindly requests that all Newberry College visitors avoid parking within the cemetery during College related events. The cemetery commission and the families which provide for the perpetual care of Rosemont’s grave sites thanks all guests in advance for their compassion and understanding.”
In response to the massive turnout and support for Wolves football this season, the City of Newberry will now put up barricades to all entrances to the Cemetery on dates of football home games. For the rest of the 2012 season, this includes the Nov. 3 Battle for the Bishops Trophy and Lutheran Youth Day against Lenoir-Rhyne.
“We would like to sincerely thank our fans for their great show of support this season,” said interim director of athletics Matt Finley. “We encourage fans coming to the Lenoir-Rhyne game to show up early in order to get the best parking available and when the closest parking fills up, we expect our fans to treat the Rosemont Cemetery with the dignity it deserves. We anticipate another great turnout on Nov. 3 and look forward to another great crowd.”