That's the ticket: Sages sell out

That's the ticket: Sages sell out

Monticello athletic director Dan Sheehan enlisted the help of 11 students on Monday morning to help sell the 1,000 tickets the Sages were allotted for Friday's 4 p.m. Class 3A state championship against Byron.

He's thankful he did.

The tickets sold out within three hours, and the students sold over 400 articles of "state bound" apparel.

"I'm glad that was decided, because it kept it out of the office, kept it in the hallway," he said.

Sheehan had no idea what to expect from the presales, particularly because fans will be able to buy the same general admission tickets on Friday before the game. He had made plans to return unsold tickets later in the week.

There wasn't a mob of Sages fans waiting at the door this morning, though. Instead, people trickled in steadily throughout the morning.

"It was a steady stream," Sheehan said.

Sheehan is anticipating somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 purple-clad fans at Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley is selling tickets for its Class 2A championship game against Maroa-Forsyth, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Friday, at its holiday basketball tournament starting Monday evening. They'll sell from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Coach and athletic director Mike Allen wasn't sure what to expect as far as how quickly tickets would sell because they'll be available on Friday at the stadium.

"I don't know if they'll come up here and buy them or buy them at the stadium," Allen said. "I hope they come up and buy them so we can sell them and not have to worry about that."

Last year, booster club president Blake Warren said around 4,000 GCMS fans headed up to DeKalb, where the Falcons won the Class 2A title. With the proximity this year, that number could grow, especially with another Central Illinois team in the game and relatively warm weather in the forecast..

"I was utterly shocked seeing the sea of red and black that was in the crowd (last year)," Warren said. "Between the two teams, I wouldn't be surprised to see 8,000 to 10,000 between the two teams. It's that close. Why watch it on the TV when you're going to be looking at 50-degree weather?"