High school teams dealing with financial impact of Irma | News-Press.com

Students are in class, teams are practicing after school, and Southwest Florida enjoyed a full slate of football games for the first time in almost a month last week.

The high school football season slowly is getting back on track after Hurricane Irma, but not all is back to normal. As the damage is repaired and makeup games are scheduled, athletic directors now must deal with the long-term financial effects of the most punishing storm many of them can remember.

The Lee County School District provides each of its 13 high schools a $50,000 athletic subsidy annually. That doesn’t mean the schools don’t depend heavily on football revenue.

Fort Myers High athletic director Cameron Yearsley said the school was facing a loss of about $20,000.

Most was from a home football game against South Fort Myers, a prominent opponent which Yearsley estimated would have drawn about $10,000 in ticket revenue, $2,000 in parking and up to $3,000 in concessions. That game is not currently scheduled to be made up.

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