Starting this fall, Maconaquah School Corporation students will have free entry to sporting events.
Superintendent Dr. James Callane said the goal is to increase attendance at games.
“We want our students to be loud and proud at games,” Callane said. “We hope by allowing students in to events free, we will double the number of students who come out and support our teams..”
Elementary and middle school-aged students will need to be accompanied by adults to the events, and student ID’s are required for entry.
Callane and Maconaquah School Board President Robert Daine said this is also a good opportunity to cultivate sponsorships from local businesses.
Daine said he would like to recognize sponsors with advertisements at every event.
“It gets your business recognized in front of every event, and it lets the community realize that you are committed to being part of the Mac community,” Daine said. “It would really be some of the best advertisement you can get for a reasonable price.”
Callane said the idea came from a work session with the school board. It was mentioned that students should be granted free admission and “the idea just blossomed from there.”
With more students attending games, there is a multi-faceted hope for athletes to be encouraged by larger crowds, have more parents attending games, and make more concession sales, which helps the athletic and band booster clubs.
“We want to boost our school spirit to a new level,” Callane said.
Free admission for students will take place immediately with the start of the 2018-19 school year, which begins Aug. 1.
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