PIRATE STADIUM PLAYOFF GAMES BRING THOUSANDS TO GRANBURY
games at Pirate Stadium brought almost five thousand people to Granbury during the UIL
football postseason in November and December 2014.
these four games, we hope this is the start of hosting a number of playoff
games that bring even bigger crowds to the community,” commented Granbury ISD
athletic director Dwight Butler.
3A Division I Bi-District Playoff
November 14, 2014
2A Division I Area Playoff
November 21, 2014
A Division II State Semifinal PlayoffCalvert
December 5, 2014
A Division I State Semifinal Playoff
December 6, 2014
the course of the four games, an estimated 4,000-5,000 people were spectators at Pirate Stadium and visitors to Granbury.
new synthetic turf was the draw that led the schools to select Granbury for
their playoff venue, Butler said. Small modifications
were made to the field to accommodate the six-man games played on December 5-6.
operations were managed by athletic department secretary Amanda Rankin. The department did charge visiting schools an
administrative fee to host the games, with the revenue going toward the
district budget. School staff members
also were paid for handling a number of game-related duties. The balance of any revenue was divided between
the two competing schools.
Music booster clubs also raised
thousands of dollars through concession stand sales with proceeds going to the
high school band and choir programs.
In addition to the high school playoff games, Pirate Stadium was the venue for Pee Wee league championship games on November 22. The games featured teams from several area communities.
bigger impact for Granbury was the number of folks coming to town and eating in
our restaurants, buying gas, and shopping while they were here,” Butler
commented. “We hope these games helped
our local businesses, and we look forward to hosting more in the future.”
above, GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent awards trophies and medals to
players in the Blum-May playoff game on December 6.