Ticket prices may rise for N.J. high school championship games

The cost of going to a high school championship game in New Jersey could be going up.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association is seeking approval to charge more for state championship events held away from school gyms in places such as Rutgers, MetLife Stadium and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

“New Jersey currently is running 32 championship sports. That’s No. 1 in the country,” said Steve Timko, executive director of the association. “A lot of the revenue that we’re asking for with the ticket increases is also helping to run the non-revenue sports.”

But Assemblyman John Burzichelli said raising ticket prices at a time when many people are out of work is unconscionable

“There could be multiple games and it’s not just one person attending. It becomes a family of … it could be three, four, whatever,” he said. “You bring grandparents and various people it can get expensive very quickly.”

The exact amount of the increase being sought has not been disclosed. Tickets now vary in price, but are under $10 each.

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