Rio Rancho School District considers annual pass for athletic events

New Mexico

High school students in Rio Rancho typically get into sporting events at their school for free, but next year they will likely be paying. 

Students at V. Sue Cleveland and Rio Rancho high schools get into their schools’ sporting events free with their student ID. Next year, however, they may have to pay $2-3 to get into their own stadiums. 

Executive Athletic Director Larry Chavez is suggesting the district create an athletic admission pass. 

“I asked for different ideas, thoughts, opinions, and decided $30 would be about the right price for a year-long student athletic admission pass,” said Larry Chavez. 

A student could buy the pass at the beginning of the year for $30. The pass would get them into all Rio Rancho School District sporting events, including basketball, volleyball and football.

Students who KRQE News 13 spoke to Friday think the pass is a good idea. 

“I think it would be a good idea for people to save some money. For people who like to go to the sports games, I think it’s good,” said Isaac, a senior at Cleveland High School. 

Chavez says attendance at their games is minimal, and he thinks charging to get into games could hurt attendance even more. He says the pass could make it more enticing for students to go to both home and away games. Students agree. 

“The games at [Rio Rancho High] are a little harder to get in to. There’s lines and stuff, so you could just bypass all of that,” said Alexis Hunter, a senior at Cleveland High School. 

The district will be discussing the potential entrance fees and the annual pass at the school board meeting on April 22. 

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