By Mike Deak
NAPPANEE – In a constantly changing academic and athletic environment, everyone is trying to get creative to adapt to the surrounding. Even more so in Elkhart County.
NorthWood athletics is trying to stay ahead of the curve.
In what on the surface could be an unpopular move in reaction, NorthWood is trying to make the best of a bad situation. In light of making the decision to cancel concessions for the 2020 fall athletic calendar across the board – including all the sales five or more football games would produce – athletic director Norm Sellers is trying to think outside the box of popcorn, if you will.
For a flat fee of $5, patrons can bring in their own coolers and bottled drinks. Standard protocol applies as usual – no alcohol, closed containers, please throw away trash, etc – but the idea comes as an interesting way for NorthWood to recoup funds it would otherwise lose.
In a statement from Sellers:
“In many instances, tournaments charge much more that $5 but we have to be creative in order to remain financially viable. We cannot have community coolers that many people reach into. For example we will not allow a large cooler with a case of water for you to share with many! This cooler rule is for your family only.
“This is completely a choice for your family. If this is something that you don’t want to do, that is perfectly understandable. Spending $5 at our concession stand is usually done in one visit if not more. I hope this is something that our patrons can support as we continue to look for creative ways to financially supplement athletics.”