Farmington High School students can attend most sporting events for free

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Farmington High School students headed to the volleyball home opener against Owatonna Friday night can save their money for the concession stand because they can get in free from now on.

The Farmington School Board approved a measure to allow students in ninth through 12th grade to attend athletic events free with student ID, except for football and boys and girls hockey.

Finance Director Jane Houska said the hope is to bring some more excitement to the stands throughout the year.

“Would it hurt our revenue? Yes, but could we increase our participation? We hope so,” Houska said.

She said football and hockey bring in about $40,000 per year in revenue. All other sports bring in about $12,000.

An entrance fee still applies for all visitors, younger students and adults.

Houska said the district looked at other programs in the South Suburban Conference and found districts in Lakeville, Shakopee and Burnsville allow high school students in free. District 196 is in the middle of proposing the idea, as well, she said.

Some districts allow students in kindergarten through eighth grade in free, something Farmington will continue to explore.

“In some events, we do have issues with younger children, not all of them, but we do have issues,” Houska said.

She said the district would explore whether they would need to supply more supervision or require a paying adult if they were to allow younger students in free.

“We’re still getting input and feedback on that,” Houska said.

The School Board approved the measure unanimously. Although Board Member Steve Corraro wasn’t there, other board members stated this was something he has advocated a long time.