Cassville football gate revenue expands by nearly 19 percent
Parnell: Wildcat Nation plays huge role in team's games
The Cassville Wildcat Stadium increased gate revenue by 18.8 percent in 2014 compared with 2013.
"Fans are a huge part of the game of football," said Lance Parnell, Cassville football head coach. "We have great fans here. Wildcat Nation plays a huge role in our football games. From the time we come out for warm ups until the game is over.
"Our players feed off of our crowd. The more that are here and the louder they are is always a good thing. I have had opposing coaches comment to me over the years about the stands being full when they come out for warm-ups as well and how well our fans travel when we are on the road."
The 2014 gate revenue combined from ninth-grade, junior varsity and varsity football games was $22,883, versus $17,093.56 in 2013.
"Comparing revenue from one year to another can be difficult," said Ben Abramovitz, Cassville athletic director. "You have different weather, different number of home games, and then you have to remember the other team may or may not travel as well based on the weather or their team's performance."
Gate proceeds are used to support costs for officials, ambulance services and supplemental services and equipment, such as electricity for lights, water and fertilizer for the field.
"All of our programs, football included, offer a great opportunity for the community to be involved and make a connection with the school, our students and the rest of the community," Abramovitz said. "For a thriving, social community such as Cassville, these events are great draws for family and friends to come together, fellowship and enjoy a competitive event.
"Football in itself, on a larger scale, brings in a variety of community members that want to see school and students succeed."
The Cassville varsity team -- which won the 2008 and 2009 Class 3 state championships -- finished both 2013 and 2014 at 6-5.