How football weather cancellations impact school districts

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Football season has just kicked off and the weather has already had an impact. 

Hutto and El Paso have canceled their football game Friday because of all the rain on the way.   

Last week, Round Rock ISD had to cancel two games, causing a last minute scramble to reschedule. It’s a call Dwayne Weirich, RRISD’s director of athletics, says they don’t want to make unless students safety is involved. 

“We will always err on the side of safety, that’s top priority,” he said. 

It’s not how football fans expect the night to play out. Luckily, Weirich says it doesn’t happen often. In his nearly seven years as the district’s director of athletics, he’s only had to cancel games a couple of times. 

“It’s a decision you don’t look forward to,” said Weirich.

That decision can trickle down. 

“It’s not just the football team you’re talking about,” said Weirich. “Number one, finding a site. Can you get officials? Can you get gate workers? Will there be concessions? Do you have an announcer? Do have a chain crew? Do you have someone to run the clock? Will there be security? Can you get an ambulance in place? Can you make transportation arrangements? All those things have to take place in a very short period of time.”

These situations can become a little more difficult when looking for a site to play because a lot of districts share stadiums, which doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for schools that run into this problem. 

There are a lot of moving parts that at the end of the day can have an impact on a school’s bottom line. 

“There’s always potential that there’s going to be lost revenue, whether that’s gate revenue, which a school district would place in its general fund. Booster club or any organization that’s trying to be out that night runs the risk of a potential loss,” said Weirich. 

Despite what Mother Nature throws at them, Weirich says they’re going to be ready and “roll with the punches” while keeping safety in mind.

If cancellations have to happen Friday night, Weirich, and other school districts say they will aim to set up games for Saturday.

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