Guest Post — Oct. 4, 2013
Note from Dan: Regular reader Tim Witten of Roanoke raises some interesting questions about local high school football games.
By Tim Witten
I am writing to see if you could help shed some light on something, or at least give me a different perspective. Maybe I am missing something. It’s not a huge deal, but it bothers me.
The cost of admission to attend a Patrick Henry high school football game is $6.00 per person over the age of 5 (I think that’s the age cut-off). So, for my family of 4 to attend its almost $25. This doesn’t include the cost of drinks, popcorn, etc.
I know that compared to college games it is relatively inexpensive. But, aren’t we already paying for these games through our taxes? Don’t schools want MORE people to attend and support their kids? Do schools charge for attendance to other sports?
I honestly just don’t get it. It seems greedy and feels like they are taking advantage of people, especially at a time when the economy is struggling and so many are out of work. Shouldn’t the schools work towards building community and building a foundation of support?
I do understand school budget issues, and that we’ve always had to pay to attend HS football games. But, it seems to me they are hurting the very people they claim to serve.
My bet is that they would make more revenue with more folks attending the games. I know that’s an odd concept. I would think $4 for adults and $2 for kids under 12 would be reasonable and fair for all involved.
Honestly I just want to hear what others think. Am I being a stingy citizen?