RACINE -- In an effort to improve safety and security at high school events, Safe Sport Zone of Racine unveils a new online ticketing program.
"This is a free, web-based program schools can use to ensure a safer environment," said Jay Hammes, athletic director at Racine Horlick High School and Certified Athletic Administrator.
"All schools are concerned about security and this helps school districts provide a safer environment by monitoring and controlling the attendees at the event," said Hammes, who noted the popularity of online ticketing by the airlines and local movie theaters.
"Once I get through the security checkpoints at the airport, I feel pretty darn safe. With the changes in society, safety at schools is becoming the number one priority."
Milwaukee Public Schools have been searching for ways to curb student violence for years. In January 2007, a fight erupted after a basketball game at Bradley Tech High School; 20 people were arrested and the district passed a ban on cell phones to prevent violence.
Hammes said the online ticketing program would specifically identify the ticket holder by name.
"Some of the larger urban schools have tried selling advance tickets, but there was no name on the ticket as a way of preventing violence and that hasn't worked effectively," said Hammes whose school in Racine started a ticket pre-sale program last December.
"Matching the pre-sold ticket with an I.D. is just like what happens at airport security."
Each online ticket will be sold with a 75-cent surcharge, a minimal expense, according to Hammes when you consider other outlets are charging a service fee upwards of $3 per ticket.
While security will improve, Hammes admitted gate revenue may take a hit. "It will hurt sales because you wouldn't have a crowd anywhere near if you would have sold tickets at the gate," he said.
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