Big-Time Football, Big-Time Venue

Football at Cowboys Stadium for affordable cost on Friday

By Mola Lenghi
|  Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011  |  Updated 4:24 PM CDT
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Two Arlington high school football teams, Martin and Lamar, will play in Cowboys Stadium in their next playoff games.

Mola Lenghi, Arlington Journalist

Two Arlington high school football teams, Martin and Lamar, will play in Cowboys Stadium in their next playoff games.

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Texas high school football playoffs kick off this week, and two Arlington high schools are in the hunt for a state title at one of the world's biggest venues.

Arlington and Bowie high schools will travel out of North Texas for their games, but Martin and Lamar high schools will play at Cowboys Stadium on Friday.

"It's awesome," said O.J. Kemp, Arlington Independent School District director of athletics. "The coaches are ready, the kids are ready. It's an opportunity that our kids will never forget."

Tickets purchased at the gate on game day cost $12, but tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults if bought from the district between Tuesday and Friday.

It means a good weekend to see quality football and Cowboys Stadium on the cheap.

"It's a great opportunity," Kemp said. "For $10, you get in there and for $10 parking. So for $20, you get to see two great football games at the stadium."

"That's the great thing about high school football -- pricing makes it easy for kids and families to come out and have a good time," said Brett Daniels, Dallas Cowboys spokesman.

It's also not a bad deal for AISD and the Cowboys.

Ticket proceeds for the two games at the stadium will be split evenly between the four schools, and the Cowboys will receive proceeds from parking and concessions.

Both the Cowboys and the schools said they hope the big venue will translate to big crowds.

"All of our football teams have done a good job this year with attendance, so we expect students, we expect parents, community people, we expect grandmas and grandpas to come out and support these students, because this is big-time football," Kemp said.

Tickets can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at any of the participating schools or the AISD offices on Pioneer Parkway in Arlington.

Cowboys Stadium will also host Football State Championship games in December.

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