Ticket sales for the general public begin at 5 p.m. today for the District 8-4A championship battle between Stephenville and Everman.

Only 2,000 tickets are being sold by each school, and Dr. Darrell Floyd, superintendent of Stephenville schools, expects only 1,100 to 1,200 to be available today.

The Tuesday sale to parents of varsity football players, band members, cheerleaders and Stingerettes put a big dent in the number of tickets remaining for the general public.

“When you put the band and Stingerettes together you're talking about close to 200 kids,” Floyd explained. “If they all get four that's a lot of tickets.”

With football players and cheerleaders added into the equation, the number of families involved nears the 250 mark, leaving the possibility that almost half of the 2,000 tickets are already sold.

If between 1,000 and 1,200 tickets are all that remain and each person picks up the imposed limit of four, only 250-300 people will be able to purchase them today.

That could mean a crowd numbering in the thousands may be turned away. And no tickets will be sold at the gate in Everman Friday.

Floyd expects the crowd outside Stephenville High School to begin lining up in the early afternoon, and asks ticket seekers to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and to remember that the school day must go on.

Concerning parking, Floyd advises the lot outside the administration building across the street from the high school as the best choice, and reminds the public not to park in the fire lane at the high school.

“We understand this isn't the best case scenario, but we're playing the cards we've been dealt,” Floyd said.

Gates at Dr. J.E. Marr Stadium in Everman will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The entire ticket stub will be taken upon entry to the stadium, and re-entry without a ticket will not be allowed.

District pass holders will be admitted, but may only bring immediate family along.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.