by Victor Lopez
ODESSA--No matter what side you're rooting for, Ratliff Stadium was the place to be Wednesday morning, if you wanted tickets to the most anticipated game of the season.
"I have been here since seven o'clock (Tuesday) morning," OHS fan Jonathan Tharp, said.
Tharp's wait was worth it. He was lucky number one to get tickets to what many say is the biggest game of the year.
"Last year, we were number 100, so we didn't get very good seats at all. Me, I'm just gonna get 10 but the rest of the family, that is right behind me, we are going to get 40 all together," Tharp commented.
350 numbers were handed out to fans, many in line since Tuesday afternoon. Each one allowed up to 10 tickets each. According to ECISD Athletic Director Leon Fuller, the process, a little different to years past, "Last year, we started on Monday morning then sold the tickets Tuesday afternoon. What we're trying to do is give people a chance to go to work and still be able to get tickets."
The idea behind the change, to prevent a rush at the ticket window when tickets went on sale at eight Wednesday morning and minimize the amount of time people waited in line.
"There's no really good way to do it. I think the best way to do it is if everybody buys season tickets, they wouldn't have to stand in line," Fuller explained.
But die hard fans like Tracey Calvert say, they'll do what ever it takes for their tickets, "If it was raining or snowing or anything, I would still be out here. It doesn't really matter which way they do it, we'll be here every year."
Fans know who they want to win.
"Permian's gonna win. It doesn't matter if they're doing good or bad," Calvert said. Tharp disagrees, "OHS is going to win and we're going to be at the front in order to see it."
Fuller adds, it's all about the game, "I think this is always a big game. People wanna see the game in Odessa and I'm really pleased that's our situation here."
If you weren't one of the lucky 350 to get tickets on Wednesday, you still have a chance. Any left over tickets for Friday's game will go on sale Thursday morning at eight a.m. at the ECISD Athletic Office in downtown Odessa.