If you wait to buy a ticket to any Katy ISD football game or other extracurricular activity next year, you might be surprised how much it will cost you a the door.
"It's still a bargain," said Katy ISD spokesman Steve Stanford.
At the gate last year, tickets cost just $5, opposed to the 12 bucks you'll pay next year. Season ticket holders, too, will see a notable increase, from $4 for each reserved ticket last year, now to $10 each.
Pre-game sales of individual tickets will be up only slightly -- $2 for both students and adults ... $4 and $6 each.
"We don't see this having a detrimental effect at all in our attendance," Stanford said.
Part of the catalyst for this change is the ever-increasng cost of the diesel fuel school must put in these buses to shuttle students to and from games and competitions. Last year, Katy ISD spent $1.7 million on fuel. With diesel hovering near $5 a gallon, this year, the district forecasts they'll need to spend approximately $3.4 million.
"That's ridiculous," resident Shari Griffith said.
While some Katy parents say they're stunned by the sticker shock, Katy ISD isn't alone in raising rates. District 24-5A schools, including Clear Creek, Galveston, Dickinson, Alvin, Brazosport ISDs all are hiking their ticket prices $1 across the board.
Some students and alums wonder if these increases are going to affect the size of the crowds filing the stands.
"I don't think I would go back to a high school game for $12, and I know my friends wouldn't," said Molly MacNeil, a Katy alumna.
In Katy ISD's defense, part of the increase is due to a UIL-mandated increase of $5 for each game for each official, which they now have to pay for somehow.