The last time Naranche Stadium hosted the Class AA State championship football game, a crowd estimated of 8,000 packed the Uptown Butte facility.
Butte High will play Bozeman for all the marbles at 7 p.m. Friday, and Butte High has a lot of work to do to get the stadium ready.
Butte High Activities Director Chuck Merrifield said the school is bringing in bleachers that will seat about 600 for the east end zone of the stadium. Butte-Silver Bow is also looking at adding additional bleachers between the field and the school.
Portable toilets will also be brought in to accommodate the large crowd.
Merrifield said without the additional seating, Naranche Stadium holds about 4,500. With standing room, the stadium held about 5,000 for Butte High’s quarterfinal win over Kalispell Glacier It held about 6,000 Friday as the Bulldogs beat Billings West in the semifinals.
The game will not sell out, Merrifield said.
“You might not have a seat, but you can get a ticket,” Merrifield said. “There are going to be more people than seats, I guarantee that. It will be fun.”
Tickets, which are all general admission, went on sale Tuesday. They will be sold at the Butte Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets will then be available at the gate starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
As set by the Montana High School Association, cost is $7 for adults and $6 for students. Payment can be made by cash or check. Debit or credit cards cannot be accepted.
Call the Civic Center during the above times at 497-6401.
Thanks to the Butte Athletic Council, students will be admitted to the game free of charge. Butte High and East Middle School students will be admitted with their a student IDs. No ticket is needed.
Tickets for elementary students are prepaid thanks to some donations throughout the community. When parents buy a ticket at the Civic Center, they can get a ticket for their children for free. Elementary students who do not pick up a ticket at the Civic Center will have to pay to get in.