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Ticket buying changes for East/West substate game

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Anyone wanting to attend the East vs. West boy's substate basketball game on Monday, February 22, 2010, will need to follow some new rules for buying tickets that were announced Friday morning.

- East and West will sell tickets ONLY during business hours beginning Monday, February 15, 2010, through Friday, February 19, 2010.

- They will be sold in the Business Office to students with valid IDs.

- Business Offices are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

- Ticket sales will end at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010.

- All tickets sold will be numbered and matched up with the appropriate student's name.

- No tickets will be sold at the door.

- No tickets will be sold to any students that have been identified among the following group(s)

- WEBC

- Devonshire

- Have been suspended during the school year for:

i. Fighting

ii. Defiance

iii. Insubordination

- Were involved in the incident at the East vs. West game on Friday, February 6, 2010

- Any student that has been identified by SROs Jeff Harrington and Willie Keller as to having gang affiliations will NOT be allowed to purchase a ticket.

- Any student that an administrator from either school has major concerns with will not be allowed to attend.

- All students attending the game must show identification badges upon entering the gymnasium that must match up with their ticket number.

- All adult tickets must be bought at the school business office. Adults can buy a ticket for a younger child, but they must accompany that child to the game.

After a final list of tickets sold is compiled on Friday, February 19, 2010, all administrators and School Resource Officer's will be given a list of tickets sold.

If a student has bought a ticket and is found to not be eligible to attend the game, the student will be told on Monday that they cannot attend the game and will be given their money back.

Appeals will be decided by Cora Turner, Executive Director of Student and At-Risk Services.

The school will read the standard district statement on sportsmanship prior to the game during the week and will also read the following statement during the week geared toward students purchasing tickets:

"If you are planning on attending the Waterloo East vs. Waterloo West boys basketball substate game to be held at West on Monday, February 22, 2010, please be advised of the following. All tickets for this game must be pre-purchased in the business office. We will be selling tickets only during the school's business hours starting Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. No tickets will be sold after that time. It is important for you to understand that NO tickets will be sold at the door. For those of you attending state wres­tling, you will have to purchase yours before you leave, or you will not be allowed to purchase when you return on Monday. In order to purchase a ticket you must have your valid school ID. Cost of the ticket is $6.00 and since it is a state event, no passes are accepted. If you have been involved with any disruptive behavior, defi­ance, or have been out of school suspended, you will not be allowed to purchase a ticket. Game time is 6:00 p.m. and doors will be closed and nobody will be allowed in after 6:15 p.m., even if you have purchased a ticket."

The game will be held Monday, February 22, 2010 in the Siddens Gymnasium at West High School at 6:00 p.m..

Superintendent Gary Norris says, "Our priority is to provide a safe environment for students and adults to enjoy athletic events. It is not tolerable to permit a few to disrupt an event. We are taking the steps detailed below to maximize the safety of fans and players. Even though we have increased security at events significantly, there remain problem areas that we are immedi­ately addressing. We ask all our community to join with us in this commitment to safe events. We are taking some immediate steps for the next East vs. West game while we review long term plans."

If any adult can't arrange to buy a ticket using these guidelines, you are asked to contact the school Athletic Office or Cora Turner, and they help in making a ticket available to you.

Picture IDs will be needed for purchase and admission and must match the ticket sales information at the door.

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