At a special School Board meeting Monday night, Supt. Rick Albritton reviewed some ideas that community members have offered for handling the situation—proposals that might be included in the letter. However, the board has finalized no details surrounding ticket sales as it awaits public input.
Albritton asked board members to review the proposed letter and give him any comments on it by Wednesday (today). He said he would like to mail it before Thanksgiving.
Once the letter seeking input is sent to current season ticket holders and time is allowed for their feedback, it will be mailed to those on the waiting list. The board will then advertise for input from the general public, Albritton said.
The $1.8 million expansion, scheduled to begin Nov. 12 after the Buckeyes’ final home game of the season against Kilgore, calls for adding a proposed total of about 1,200 capacity to the 50-year-old stadium’s home side, and a new 2-story press box.
Proposed, but not final, plans call for adding about 250 more chairs with plastic backs, and 640 more with aluminum railbacks, all of which would raise the total number of reserved seats to 1,514.
Season ticket holders may be polled on such ideas as who will first be offered season tickets, and raising the price for reserved seats to $10 for chairs with plastic backs, and $8 for those with aluminum railbacks.
One proposal is offering season tickets first to current holders. They would then be offered to those on the waiting list for season tickets—and to current holders wanting more season tickets than they now have.
After that, season tickets would be offered to the general public.
Albritton said some current season ticket holders have six orange chairback seats, but no longer have children in school, and may now only want two. Some who have only two may want six, he said.
The school is obtaining information on data like that, Albritton told trustees. One possible measure is requiring those who want chairback seats to buy a season ticket package.
Input may also be sought on raising reserved seat prices, which are now $3 for students and $5 for adults in advance, while all such tickets are $7 at the gate. The Executive Committee of Gilmer’s football district (16-3A), comprised of superintendents from schools in the district, set the $7 price, Albritton told the board.
Board member Ken Southwell said reserved seats are “too cheap.” He also said some persons told him “I’ve been waiting 18, 20 years” to obtain season tickets, and “we’ve got to do something to fill up the orange seats.”
He lamented that many of them were empty at the Gilmer-Spring Hill game Friday night.
Board member Todd Tefteller said the school should tell season ticket holders with orange chairback seats that not attending games “will put you at risk of losing your seats” or “something like that.”
Albritton also showed the board a sample of the 22-inch-wide chairs with backs to be placed in the stadium. The sample chair was maroon, leading Tefteller to ask, “Is that what color it’s going to be?”
Assured the chairs would be orange (with a black metal armrest) instead, Tefteller quipped that the sample chair was “not even good Aggie maroon color.”