TPS budgets for security at football games

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Updated: 9/20/2013 6:34 pm Published: 9/20/2013 4:15 pm

As players take the field and fans fill the stands on Friday, Tulsa Public Schools will be paying for security.

FOX23 found it costs hundreds of dollars for each game.

Helen Reddell was focused on the football game, and her two godsons on the field in orange and black.

But, Reddell said she also noticed extra security.

"I did see policemen walking along the fence line," she said.

Thursday night's game, the first home game for Booker T Washington, was against East Central. The game was a rivalry and televised statewide.

Those are two reasons the district paid for extra security, but at a price, nearly $1500.

"Money well spent. If the event comes off like last night without any conflict," said TPS Police Chief Gary Rudick

FOX23 found security at most football games costs between $700 and $1,000. The district budgets about $27 per officer per hour.

"It's more than made up if people say I feel safe I'm going to come to the event if people don't feel safe they won't come," he said.

The district's overall budget for sporting events security: $85,000. A third of that budget is for football games.

"For fans and students protection sadly I think security is a necessity, it's a small cost for protection for that many people," he said.

One dollar from the cost of each football game ticket adds up to about $20,000 a year. That money goes to pay for extra security at certain games and also to pay for security at unscheduled sporting events like state championships.

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