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DHS ticket sales go online

A night at the opera. A matinee show of a Broadway show. Home games at Dublin High School.

These are all exciting shows with tickets that have to be purchased in advance, now that Dublin ISD has partnered with Hometown Ticketing to sell tickets to games online.

“Basically with COVID-19 and everything that’s happening, we needed a way to account for how many fans we’re bringing in,” said Dublin Coach Will Parker.

Every other row has been roped off in both the Bob and Norma Cervetto Field stand and in the Secondary School gym. This reduces the number of available seats to 201 on either side of the gym and 675 on the home side of the stadium and 561 on the visitor’s side.

“With games like the Comanche game or the Deleon game, we’re expecting to have a good crowd,” Parker said. “We’re trying to find a way to give our parents priority.”

Parker said they also didn’t want to sell tickets at the gate because then they’d be passing tickets and money, increasing the chances to spread COVID-19.

Under the new system for this year, Dublin fans can go to the Secondary school website at https://www.dublinisd.us/Domain/264 and scroll down to a schedule of upcoming games. Under each game is a link to “Get Tickets” that visitors can click on to order by selecting seats and entering their credit card information.

All billing and security is being handled by Hometown Ticketing. Parker said there is a $1 fee per ticket from Hometown so the school has set a cost of $4 for football tickets this year, leading to a total of $5 per ticket. There is also a small transaction fee that does not change regardless of the number of tickets ordered. (Volleyball games are $2 each plus the Hometown fees.)

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Games will open Monday at 7 a.m. for purchasing. Monday & Tuesday Games will open Friday at 7 a.m. for purchasing.

Parker also reported that the district had a lot of choices in how to sell seating but they chose to make it with clickable seat choices like a cinema or venue so that parents can choose a section, while other groups like seniors, admin and faculty can get in other spots.

Once the order is placed, the purchaser is presented with a barcode which they can present on their phone from the link or by taking a picture of it. Purchasers can also print it out to be scanned at the gate. These are scanned and ensure there are no duplicates of tickets.

Parker said there will also be game passes available fo seniors that will need to be picked up from Glenna Ricks at the Dublin Administration office (420 N. Post Oak). For more information about passes, email wparker@dublinisd.us.

All spectators in attendance will also be required to wear a facemask. Those without one will be asked to leave.

DISD got to test out the system for the first time with the volleyball games on Friday, Aug. 14. Parker reported there were some wifi issues at first but it all worked well once that was resolved.

Parker reported the online ticketing will be used for all athletic events happening at the Dublin Secondary gym and stadium and they will be getting in touch with other districts that Dublin is playing to figure out what methods they are using to ensure social distancing.

Plans are also being made to live stream games for the benefit of people that can’t attend the events in person. DISD Technology Director Craig Parks said they are testing the capabilities to be able to start streaming home games with the first home football game against DeLeon on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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