Mansfield has new rules for attendance at football games

The guidelines, however, could mean trouble for parents who are consistently late in picking up their kids from football games.

Students not picked up 30 minutes after an event will be held in a community room inside the stadium. Those who repeatedly linger at the stadium may be restricted from attending future events by their principal.

The policy applies to both of the school district’s stadiums. Administrators cite MISD Stadium’s location along Texas 360 as a motivation for the change, which was posted on the district’s Web site late last week. The stadium opened in 2007, and businesses are opening nearby.

"It’s just about the kids’ safety, about wanting to keep them off that highway," Deputy Superintendent Bob Morrison said.