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PIRATE STADIUM PLAYOFF GAMES BRING THOUSANDS TO GRANBURY

December 10, 2014
 
Football Playoff Games  
 
Four playoff games at Pirate Stadium brought almost five thousand people to Granbury during the UIL football postseason in November and December 2014.
 
“With 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.
 

Game

Date

Class 3A Division I Bi-District Playoff
Boyd vs. Brady

November 14, 2014

Class 2A Division I Area Playoff
Alvord vs. Crawford

November 21, 2014

Class A Division II State Semifinal Playoff Calvert vs. Throckmorton

December 5, 2014

Class A Division I State Semifinal Playoff
Blum vs. May

December 6, 2014

 
Over the course of the four games, an estimated 4,000-5,000 people were spectators at Pirate Stadium and visitors to Granbury.
 
The stadium’s 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.
 
Game 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.
 
“The 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.”
 
Pictured above, GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent awards trophies and medals to players in the Blum-May playoff game on December 6.
 

 
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