Payson High School's return to the Class 3A East region from the 4A Grand Canyon has resulted in ticket price and scheduling changes.
PHS athletic director Dave Bradley attended an East region meeting Aug. 3 in Show Low in which member schools decided to all charge a standard admission fee. Also, the ADs agreed that freshmen football games would kick off at 4:30 p.m. rather than 4 p.m. as shown on PHS sports schedules.
Revised schedules showing the new times will be distributed this week.
Individual admission tickets to all East region volleyball and football games are now $5 for adults and $4 for students. Last season, tickets were $4 and $3.
Although Payson High does not charge admission to soccer games, some East region schools do, Bradley cautions.
In addition to individual tickets, a variety of passes are available for purchase.
The options include a $120 family pass that will be accepted at all sports events this school year.
Bradley warns, however, that the pass is valid only for immediate family members living in the same home.
"Not cousins, aunts and uncles," he said.
For $55, family passes to football, volleyball or basketball-only may be purchased. A boys and girls basketball family pass is available for $65.
According to Bradley, the $55 family passes are not being sold for wrestling because the Longhorns probably will not have enough home dual meets to justify the cost.
Student passes for all sports are $30 and individual adult passes are $42.
Bradley calls the passes a good deal for fans who plan on attending more than seven sporting events during the school year.
"That many games will pay for the pass, then (the games) are basically free," he said.
The freshmen football kick off times were moved up a half hour, Bradley said, because East ADs wanted more time for officials to make it to the games.
On the Longhorn football front, Payson will hold its annual preseason scrimmage as originally scheduled -- p.m. Aug. 19 in Longhorn stadium. Coach Jerry Rhoades said he had hoped to change the scrimmage to 5 p.m. Aug. 17, but the opponent for the evening, Mingus, wouldn't agree to the change.