First night of high school football in Knoxville with increased ticket prices

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Parents packed the stands to watch their kids play football, band or cheer, but in order to get into Friday night’s game they had to dig a little deeper into their pockets. The ticket prices have gone up two bucks.

“It doesn’t bother me at all. It supports the school and that’s what it’s all about, all the kids,” said Johnson.

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“I don’t care,” said Tyamos Atkins who came to watch Carter High School play. “I came to watch my boys. Doesn’t matter at all.”

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The problem, according to Knox County Schools, is the cost to do things has gone up significantly and they needed to figure out how to pay for it.

The increase was decided over the summer by members of the Knox County Board of Education. According to the athletic directors across the area, football and basketball are seeing the biggest increases in cost when compared to what they paid in 2005, which was the last time ticket prices went up to pay for operation costs.

Everything from paying officials to paying insurance has gone up over the past decade. That cost is now being paid for at the ticket stand, which most people seem to be okay with.

“It’s okay. I would do it. It’s for the kids,” said Carter High School fan Marta Shultz.

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