York, PA –
Some high school sports fans will pay a little bit more to attend home sporting events this fall.
Some districts around York County have adopted new ticket prices for the 2013-14 school year as they looked for ways to increase revenue and offset the cost of activities.
Red Lion Area School District approved new ticket prices of $5 for adults and $3 for students as part of its 2013-14 budget approved last month. The new price impacts football, basketball, wrestling and any other sports requiring a ticket for admission.
“It helps to offset the cost of extra-curricular activities,” said Supt. Scott Deisley.
The previous prices were $3 for adults and $2 for students. The matter came up during discussion of a new district handbook for extra-curricular activities approved at a recent school board meeting.
the meeting, Deisley said the ticket increases were part of delivering a no-tax-increase budget. The board approved an $83.2 million budget June 5 that absorbs a 2.5 percent increase in costs without raising property taxes.
The Northeastern School District also raised ticket prices, as the board looked ways to increase revenue.
High school athletic ticket prices were raised by $1, making the new cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. Junior high ticket prices were raised to $2 for adults and $1 for students.
The South Western School Board in June approved higher ticket prices, of $5 for adults and $2 for students, according to Jeff Mummert, business administrator. The increase is $1 in each category.
He said the district reviews fees periodically and compares to what other districts charge. The recent increase brings South Western more in line with other districts, he said.
The West York School Board adopted a price increase of $1 for adult tickets to varsity sporting events, bringing the price to $5. Student prices remained the same at $2.
Rodney Drawbaugh, school board president, said officials didn’t want to raise the price for kids and wanted to encourage them to attend events.
The board looks at the prices about every year, he said. As the cost of programs has been increasing and state funding really hasn’t been, the board decided it might be time to adjust them again.
West York also compares their prices to what other districts are charging, so their prices aren’t totally out of line, he said.
Spring Grove School District is maintaining the ticket prices it had last year — $5 for adults and $2 for students, according to Lisa Smith, district spokeswoman.
The district also started a Rocket Fan Club for businesses or organizations, she said. For $500, those joining the club receive ads in various district publications, plus an engraved brick in the football stadium and two Rocket Pass tickets, which offer admittance to home games in 2013-14, she said.
The proceeds will mostly go to the athletic boosters, though some go to the district’s educational foundation.
Smith said the idea was to help increase revenue, particularly for specific programs, but the program will also help cut down on the number of times the district comes knocking at businesses asking if they’d like to advertise.
A similar program is being started to support the theater program, she said, so some businesses might choose the one that works best for them.
Activity fee: Northeastern also will impose a $50 activity fee on students participating in extra-curricular activities — something a few other districts have also started in recent years.
Deisley said Red Lion has no plans to follow suit with a similar fee.
“We’re not in favor of charging our students at this point,” he said, adding such a fee would discourage some students from participating.