Saturday, September 09, 2000

Elder-Highlands set for Paul Brown Stadium

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's official: After the Battle of Ohio, Paul Brown Stadium's next game will be a high school border war.

        It won't draw as well as the Bengals and Browns will Sunday, but the Elder-Highlands game next Saturday could be just as significant for the building's future. The big-time setting Riverfront Stadium once lended prep games is back.

        “We played the Elder-West Hi game at the stadium a couple times in the '70s and would get 25,000 fans,” Elder athletic director Dave Dabbelt said. “And the Moeller-Princeton games there (in the '70s and '80s) got huge crowds, too.”

        That was the impetus behind moving this game to PBS, which became official Friday when the city granted permits for the event and allowed festival seating.

        “We wanted to give the players the best experience they could,” Highlands coach/AD Dale Mueller said. “Playing in Paul Brown Stadium, that's a high school experience you're going to remember the rest of your life.”

        The game, pitting the top-ranked teams in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. It originally was to be held the night before at Highlands, but that stadium holds fewer than 5,000 people and is beset by construction of a new middle school next door.

        The date switch avoids parking conflicts with Reds traffic Friday night.

        Tickets will be $14 for adults, $10 for students.

        Highlands was charged a minimal rental fee ($1,500) for use of the stadium, but it must provide reimbursement for operating expenses that Troy Blackburn, Bengals director of stadium development, estimates will total between $75,000 and $100,000. The break-even point is believed to be about 10,000 tickets.

        Bluebird passes, Highlands adult and student football season passes, and Highlands student activities passes may be presented for a ticket at the Highlands bookstore or at a designated plaza-level ticket booth.


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Anderson 35, Winton Woods 20
Bellevue 49, Mason County 7
Campbell Co. 19, NewCath 6
Chaminade-Julienne 24, Franklin 6
Colerain 32, Oak Hills 3
Dixie Heights 28, Lloyd 0
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Ryle 10, Conner 0
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