|Parking Permitted: QB Club selling spaces as fundraiser|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
August 17, 2004 - Wildcat fans can get front row parking to home football games as well as help the booster club by purchasing a designated parking permit.
The Wildcat Quarterback Club, which is a booster club for all SSHS sports, is selling 54 designated parking places at Gerald Prim Stadium for $250 each. The fee includes membership in the Quarterback Club and a Wildcat hat.
Club president Will Woods said some of the money that the Quarterback Club raises has already been allocated, but the rest can be used for not only football, but all sports.
The selling of designated parking spaces is a concept used by several area schools including Mount Pleasant at its new Sam Parker Field.
"We got this idea for business membership, but of course individuals can buy the parking spaces, too," Woods said. "Mount Pleasant has 100 to 150 members in their booster club. We need to try to get our club to the level of some of the other communities.
"There's not many towns this size that can point to having three players in the NFL and a number of Division I players. There are a lot of good kids there, and people have high expectations."
Along with the parking spaces, the Quarterback Club raises money through the sale of caps, shirts, seat cushions and other fan items during games.
Funds generated by the club this year will be used to purchase a generator to power the blow-up tunnel, sound system and smoke device used by the Wildcats as they come onto the football field. The club will also purchase a trailer to transport that equipment and their sale items for travel to other towns.
"This is the type of thing this money will be used for," Woods said. "Maybe we can help pay for charter busses or things like that for playoff games, plus we will continue to sponsor the sports banquet as well.
"This money can be used for all sports, at the discretion of (athletic director) Coach McMeans. We call the organization the 'Quarterback Club' because more people are interested in football than any other sport, but the club is to benefit all sports."
The designated parking spots will be numbered with a Wildcat paw in the center.
The Quarterback Club meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the Wildcat Room of the Fieldhouse.