News @ Noon: Smaller Reimbursement Checks For State Tournament Teams [AUDIO]
UNDATED - Teams lucky enough to make it to the state tournaments in various sports this year will probably have to foot more of the bill. The Minnesota State High School League is warning schools to expect smaller reimbursement checks for the 2014-2015 school year.
Emmett Keenan is the Activities Director at St. Cloud Cathedral High School, and also a board member for the State High School League. He says there's a couple reasons for the tighter budget. First, with the Metrodome gone, they're expecting smaller crowds at the state soccer tournament and at the Prep Bowl.
The state soccer tournament has been moved here to St. Cloud at Husky Stadium, and the Prep Bowl will be at TCF Bank Stadium, where the crowd size will depend largely on the weather. Keenan says another factor is rising rental costs.
Keenan says Cathedral tries to budget for state tournament expenses.
The Minnesota State High School League says reimbursement checks averaged between $1,700 and $2,400 for 10 years. But, this past year that was down to just $650.