VISD football tickets on sale (video)
Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:20 a.m.
Hoping to get season tickets for all of Victoria West's games, Vanessa Balli arrived at the Victoria school district athletic office an hour before they went on sale Monday morning.
But she wasn't the first person in line.
That honor went to Santos Figueroa, who was buying season tickets for the first time.
Bali didn't mind, though, because she would be the first to purchase Warriors' season tickets.
"I'm hoping we have a better season than last," the West parent said. "My husband and I are big football fans."
The first-time season ticket holder was one of eight people buying season tickets for the upcoming football season for Victoria East and West. Season tickets went on sale Monday, and sales last until Wednesday.
For the upcoming season, Balli bought four season tickets to see her daughter, senior Katlynn Balli, who will be part of the cheerleading squad this season.
"When it's your child's senior year, you have to go out and support them," Balli said. "I'm probably the loudest mom up there."
Figueroa, who is a Titans fan, thought buying them ahead of time would be better.
"We've gone to every home game," the Victoria resident said. He has a nephew, Dillon Lippe, who plays on the Titans football team. "They've struggled with their record, but mainly, it's to support them."
The Titans finished last season with a 3-8 record while the Warriors finished 5-5 on the season.
Fourth in line, Jerry Bitterly thought he had arrived late. A Victoria High alumnus, he wanted to get tickets by the 50-yard line.
"When I saw the cars outside, I thought it was going to be a long line," the 52-year-old resident said.
Season tickets were on sale for $30, but tickets for the Oct. 11 East versus West game are an extra $5.
Balli called the East and West matchup the most anticipated game for her to watch.
"There were a lot of tears that game. I had three years of losing," Balli recalled. "I have a freshman girl coming who wants to be the mascot. We have four more years of this."
Standing behind Balli was Stroman graduate Angelica Gutierrez, who was buying tickets for Titans games.
"We roll deep," Gutierrez said. "We bring the whole team. With my kid playing, yeah, it's worth the trouble."