The nationally televised football doubleheader on Aug. 28 at District Three Stadium has the possibilities of a big payday for Northwestern and South Pointe high schools.
The two in-town rivals will line up against each other at 4 p.m. for a live game shown on ESPNU. The opener, which will be televised live on ESPN, starts the day at noon and features Byrnes against Hoover of Alabama.
The number of tickets sold will determine the amount of money distributed to the two local teams. Northwestern athletic director Bill Warren said any time two of the three in-town teams, the other being Rock Hill, play, there is a long-standing agreement that the gate will be evenly split between the two.
"We have been told, South Pointe and us, to expect to make what we normally make when we play,'' Warren said. "It's usually $18,000 to $20,000. The actual amount will be determined by the number of tickets sold and will fall in that range.''
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Paragon Marketing Group organized the games for ESPN and is the booking agent for the high school games the network will carry this season.
Warren said Paragon will control the money and will put the gate money toward paying expenses. They include officials, security, booms for ESPN's cameras, two hotel nights and traveling expenses for Hoover and traveling expenses for Byrnes.
After expenses and Paragon's take, Warren said South Pointe and Northwestern will get their share, "hopefully'' expected when they play each other.
Tickets are $10 each and have still not arrived in Rock Hill. Warren said they will go on sale as soon as they arrive at both schools. Getting them here and putting them on sale is a must, Warren said, on two counts.
Warren wants to provide fans from both schools the opportunity to purchase tickets. Byrnes and Hoover will also receive tickets, and any remaining after presales can be bought at the gate.
South Pointe AD Mike Drummond has been taking furlough days this week. When reached by phone, Drummond said the deal is a good one and will benefit both schools' athletic programs.
"We recently sat down with the Northwestern folks and discussed how this will work,'' Drummond said. "We have a signed agreement with Northwestern that each of us will receive the same amount from the gate and it is (an agreement) that satisfies both of us.
Northwestern is the home team and is handling the game-day logistics. The school's athletic booster club will run the concessions stands on both sides of the field, common for the home teams Warren said, and proceeds from those sales go to the booster club.
The Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau is promoting the doubleheader locally. Warren said the night before the game the organization will stage a large community pep rally. More details will be provided at a later date.
NOTE: When the tickets arrive, Warren said he will immediately call The Herald so purchasing information can be posted on heraldonline.com. Please check the site over the coming days for that information.