Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Additional ticket info for Butler-Independence

Mecklenburg County athletics director Vicki Hamilton said fans arriving at Friday's Independence-Butler N.C. 4AA semifinals should plan to enter the stadium after purchasing tickets.

"Purchasing a ticket does guarantee you a seat in the stadium," Hamilton said. "We highly suggest that when people come onto the property and purchase their tickets that they go into the stadium. We wouldn't want anyone holding a handful of tickets after we have deemed that reached our limits and the gates are closed. That happens at basketball games and other events and fans get upset about it. The ticket does not guarantee you a seat if you're not already in the stadium."

There are no limits to the number of tickets fans can purchase. All official NCHSAA passes will be accepted, but no others.

Tickets are $8 and go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. A professional parking company will park fans at Providence, which has more parking than any CMS facility. Practice fields on campus will also be used.

A professional ticket company will handle ticket sales. No tickets are being sold to the general public in advance. A small amount of tickets were made available to the schools' bands, cheerleaders and football teams.

Hamilton said portable restrooms on both sides of the field have been added.

The game was moved to Providence because Butler's home field seats only about 2,500, well short of the 4,000 required by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Hamilton said Providence's field seats 4,000 on the home side, which will be Butler's, and 2,000 on the visitors.