Friday, September 22, 2000

School sells choice seats for games


Edgewood high offers fans licenses to reserve spots

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — Susan Urban no longer has to worry about taping down blankets at Edgewood High School's football stadium every Wednesday or Thursday to make sure she gets good seats for Friday night Cougar home games.

        Instead, she bought six seat licenses for her family. This is the first time this Butler County school has offered the $20 licenses to fans, said Dave Hazelwood, athletic director.

        The licenses were offered at the suggestion of a community member after school officials began seeing more and more blankets taped to the bleachers the last two or three years.

        “It's been very well received,” Mr. Hazelwood said. “We made 420 seats available along and just north of the 50-yard line. We sold 315.”

        Before the licenses, getting a good seat often re quired a certain amount of ingenuity.

        “People get really elaborate,” Ms. Urban said. “They tape down plastic over the blankets so they stay dry, and some used to just leave them all week.”

        The seat license is helpful for Booster parents such as Ms. Urban, who work the concession stand, take tickets or do other chores. Often there would be few choice seats available once they finished their tasks, she said.

        “We've always hated the idea that people would go Wednesday to tape down blankets to reserve seats,” said John Snyder, president of the Edgewood Board of Education. “It's great to be able to get to the stadium now at 7 or 7:15 p.m. and there's your seat. I don't have to get there so early any more.”

        Some of the proceeds from the one-year licenses are being used to paint the seats and for other related costs, Mr. Hazelwood said. But the bulk of the money — $6,000 — was donated to Boosters who are building a field house at the stadium.

        Those who buy seat licenses still have to pay for their tickets, except for senior citizens and district employees who are admitted free, Mr. Hazelwood said.

        “In a year or so, when we're in our new facility (Edgewood High is being expanded), we'll decide if there's a need to do the same for basketball games,” Mr. Hazelwood said.

        Mr. Snyder said the board likes the idea of earmarking the license money to specific projects rather than putting it into the athletic department budget.

        “It will be like a little bonus,” he said.

       Licenses can be purchased by calling the athletic office at the high school, 867-7425 or (888) 863-4911.

       



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