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Avery Athletics is offering an all-season pass that for a single price admits cardholders to
regular-season home games for all sports throughout the 2013-14 school year. Photo by Jamie

Originally published: 2013-08-29 17:25:00
Last modified: 2013-08-29 17:25:44

Ticket price changes, Avery Athletics offering season sports passes

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Last week, Western Highlands Conference officials voted to increase by one dollar the cost of individual admission to football and basketball games from $6 to $7 per game.

According to Avery High School director of athletics Jay Smith, the decision was reached in compliance with similar decision made by conferences across North Carolina, and is the first increase in ticket prices in five or six years..

As an alternative to paying for each individual game for every season’s sport, Avery Athletics is making available an all-season pass card, granting the holder access to all regular-season contests in every fall, winter and spring high school sport, excluding endowment games, conference tournament games and state playoff games.

Individual season passes cost $50, with a family pass (grants entry for two adults and two children) at a cost of $150. A student pass is available at a cost of $30.

“According to several of our conference’s athletic directors, the cost of our season passes is on average about $25 less than any of the other schools in the Western Highlands Conference,” Smith said. “The passes are a cost-effective way for families and students to support our athletes and our teams compared to paying on a by-game basis. That’s what we want as an athletics department is for parents and families and the community to come out and support our kids, so we try to make it as economically feasible as we possibly can.”

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