Playoff Friday is hot ticket in town
When the area team is unbeaten through 10 games and hosts a first-round playoff matchup, a big turnout is certainly expected.
That’s why Nevada Union Athletic Director Steve Pilcher is taking a proactive approach to preparing for Friday’s Division I matchup between visiting Laguna Creek (7-2-1) and the host Miners (10-0).
Kickoff at Hooper Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Pilcher said the past practice of reserving seats by placing blankets over the bleachers will not be allowed this week.
Any blankets left on the bleachers prior to the game will be removed and can be picked up at the concession stand.
“In playoff game like this, that’s the only equitable way to do this,” Pilcher said. “It’s general admission, first-come, first-served.”
Advance tickets are being sold today and Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the main entrance lobby. Adult tickets are $6, while admission for students and children is $4.
Being a California Interscholastic Federation event, season tickets will not be honored. However, Pilcher said, season ticket holders reserve the right to sit in the seat they reserved this season.
“That seemed to be only fair after they supported us by buying the season tickets,” Pilcher said. “But, it is one seat per ticket.”
Parking below Hooper Stadium is limited in comparison to years past. However handicap accessible parking will be available.
“Of course, parking in all of the outer parameter lots on top will be there, as will all of the student and faculty lots around campus,” Pilcher said. “There’s also plenty of parking along Sierra College Boulevard, too.
“We should be OK, if everybody gets there early, which is what we’re encouraging.”
Pilcher said Nevada Union’s marching band will perform as part of the 20-minute halftime show. He also added that thanks to a donation from Moule Paint and Glass, school officials plan to paint the Hooper Stadium end zones in blue and gold.
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