Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tickets all sold for Butler-Independence game

All tickets have been sold for Friday's Butler-Independence football game.

Butler sold out of its 1,900 tickets Tuesday. Independence athletics director Kelly Lewis said the school sold its allotment of 2,350 tickets Wednesday morning.

Both teams are nationally ranked and unbeaten.

After an initial announcement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that students would be allowed to purchase up to six tickets, Lewis said both schools' principals met last week to alter the plan.

Football players were allowed four tickets each. Band members and cheerleaders were allowed to buy three each. Students could buy two each.

To purchase tickets, students had to sign up for a lottery last week, which allowed them to purchase tickets either Monday or Tuesday. Independence still had 280 tickets remaining after Tuesday's lottery and sold the remainder Wednesday during its first lunch period.

The tickets cost $6, $1 higher than usual, to print a special ticket that is difficult to copy.

No tickets will be sold at the gate. The game, which annually draws crowds of 10,000 or more, is being played at 4,250-seat Independence because 24,000-seat Memorial Stadium is undergoing renovations. CMS was unsuccessful in trying to move the game to a larger larger facility within the county.

- Langston Wertz Jr.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not the lower bowl of B of A stadium?

Anonymous said...

They could have played the game at JCSU, the county helped pay for that stadium too.

Anonymous said...

I agree they should have played at JCSU, it really would have been special for the kids if they could have played at B of A stadium. They are really gonna miss out on a lot of money from ticket sales, t shirts, parking as well as concessions.

Anonymous said...

JC Smith only seats 4,500. CMS really dropped the ball on this opportunity for Charlotte and area high school football. Not sure why Richardson didnt step up. This could have been big bucks for downtown businesses, vendors, etc. Plus a great time for high school football fans. Both school nationally ranked and CMS cant provide a way for the public to watch.

Anonymous said...

This will showcase how bad the facilities at Independence are. Seeing is believing. Got any doubts? Listen to Coach Knott's comments at the 13:45 mark: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/420/index.html?media_id=7073021

Should be a great game. Charlotte has a lot to be proud of with high school athletics.

Anonymous said...

I didn't go to either school but would have gone to this game if it was at B of A stadium. Great match up, and exciting game for sure. More then the Panthers can say about their home games thus far.

Anonymous said...

I'm a PSL owner and I am very disappointed in the Panthers for not stepping up and being a good corporate citizen.

Anonymous said...

This is really a bad situation for both schools and their students, especially the seniors.

Gene said...

My wife talked directly with the new president, Mr. Morrison, about this. Her nephew plays for Butler. He said if they did it for one they would have to do it for all. She told him no other high schools are going to draw 20,000 plus, but he was very closed minded about it. I guess PR doesn't matter even when your team is having a bad year.

Gary O said...

Use to live in Cleveland. Big high school games would be played in Browns stadium from time to time , Glenville vrs St Ignatius, comes to mind.

Could have been done. Weak showing by everyone involved. Perfect opportunity to showcase two great teams.

Anonymous said...

That's why the ACC is underdog to SEC, etc. In Alabama we'd find a way to get those kids showcased. It's okay with us, though. Your best players are going to go to an SEC school where football is real.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't CMS at least put it on CMS-TV. Then the schools could at least host large groups in their auditoriums or gyms and the public could still see the game.

Anonymous said...

The reeson the game not be played at JCSU plain truth is racism.

Anonymous said...

I hope every big wig with CMS is at this game so they can see how Indy has gotten the shaft. Bond money was voted on in 1997 and 2002for Indy, Northeast and Clear Creek. Indy is the only school that has yet to get it's part. All the money voted on went to Ardrey Kell, Community House Middle and Hawk Ridge. Indy facilities are bad but hopefully with the boundry changes and a new group of students CMS will get their act together and realize that there are schools in other parts of town and not just South Charlotte. Hopefully Tim Morgan new District 6Board Member will remember his high school and will get things done.

Anonymous said...

Mr Richardson says it's not fair for some high schools to play at BofA and not others. Well show me another high school with the records that Indy and Butler have. Mr. Richardson just doesn't want to upset his grandson that plays for Myers Park by letting a couple of winning schools play at BofA. Why is it fair that Providence has a $100,000 scoreboard and other schools don't? Who ever promised you life was fair. Mr Richardson might could make some money on this game if he would let it be played there. I can promise you the fans would stay until the end unlike the Panther fans. Give it a shot Jerry.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Richardson's Grandson plays for Myers Park, not Butler or Independence. This might have some influence, or lack of. Why not JUST SAY that it costs too much to open the stadium for this venue and ticket prices would have to be $10-20 for this to happen if his grandson was eligible?

Anonymous said...

Tommy Boy was right, Indy has a crappy facility, but they still managed to recruit good kids over the years. Just think who they could have gotten to "move" into their boundaries if they had Providence or Ardrey Kell facilities!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Richardson says it wouldn't be FAIR to other schools but yet he gives equipment like PRO LEVEL SHOULDER PADS and cleats and gloves to MYERS PARK and PROVIDENCE. Have seen Equipment with my own EYES.

Anonymous said...

It is such a sad state of affairs when a city which is called The Queen City with Southern Hospitality – that worked so hard with the Richardson Family to get the NFL and Panthers team here – for them to just snub their noses during a time like this. OK…so maybe it wouldn’t be ‘fair’ to the other schools…but if you actually thought about this – How many of the other schools actually played at Memorial Stadium - - - It is just a sad thing that the Richardson Family has chosen to help furnish just 2 schools with equipment – is that fair? No…if you are going to hold to ‘if we do for one school…we will be expected to do for others’ THEN step up to the plate and when these 2 schools meet again in the play-off’s – offer your field for that game. These kids can do no less damage to your ‘precious’ field than your so-called professional players who really don’t care…Most of them would support letting these boy’s play there…Did you even ask them how they felt…NO….it’s just a Richardson thing again.

Anonymous said...

I just moved into the Charlotte area from Maryland. The Panthers could have done it. The Baltimore Ravens allowed the use of M & T Bank Stadium for the high school state championship game at all classifications.....1A through 4A. Plus they allow the larger private schools to play their rivalries there. The Panthers dropped the ball on this one.

minthill1 said...

All of the stadiums you guys are bringing up are public owned. Built and maintained by the taxpayers. The Richardsons organization built and ownes the Panthers facility. IT is crazy to expect them to feel obligated to do anything during the season.

The game is for the teams and schools that are playing. I have attended almost every Independence game for many years and the only home field they have is in Mint Hill. They were forced in the past to play at Memorial when they wanted to play at home. It is wrong to give them the crappyest facilities (and Olympic) in Charlotte and then not want to have to deal with it when they play beloved Butler. The place is nice enough the rest of the season for the Patriots. Everyone else will just have to strugle through. AND MEDIA THAT COMES TO THE GAME. Film the gym floor where the team gets dressed. Show them sitting on the practice field at half time so the visiting team can have the locker room. Get a shot of the bathroom at the stadium. Go in early or you will get your sox wet. Independence is not in Charlotte, it is in Mint Hill and except in the paper when they are setting records Charlotte never claims them. Then they are "Charlotte Independence" when it comes to spending money they are just in Mint Hill.

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