When Kennedy next decided to pray at midfield after a game, coaches and players on both teams joined him — as did members of the general public and media. After the game, the school district “received complaints from parents of band members who were knocked over in the rush of spectators on to the field” to join him.
“Sometime after the game, members of a Satanist religion contacted the District and said they ‘intended to conduct ceremonies on the field after football games if others were allowed to,'” the 9th Circuit wrote. “Ultimately, the district made arrangements with the Bremerton Police Department to secure the field after games, then posted signs, made “robocalls” to school district parents, and “otherwise put the word out to the public that there would be no [future] access to the field.”
The Satanists attended the next game, but chose not to enter the bleachers or take the field after the game.