VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - One of the most known games in the Wabash Valley will no longer be played at the stadium and there is mixed reaction from parents and students.
This will be the first time since the 1970s Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South won't be playing at Indiana State University's Memorial Stadium.
Vigo County Superintendent, Danny Tanoos said the corporation doesn't make enough money from playing at the stadium. They have to rent the stadium and the university receives all money from concessions.
"We do not make any revenue off the game. We take the gate in but have to rent Memorial Stadium, then ISU gets all the revenue from the concession stands, so we are losing a lot of money off concessions and the rent," said Tanoos.
This fall, long-time rivals Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South will take their prized pig skin game to a smaller domain.
The games will be played at North, or South - on a rotating basis, and football fans have to resign themselves to this new decision.
For North and South's basketball programs, parents and students alike are keeping a sharp eye on the changing sports environment. Many have mixed reactions to that possibility.
Phillip Tofaute has a son who plays basketball at Terre Haute South
"I think mostly good to bring it back to the respective high schools and cozy to have opposing sides on the opposite sides of the field," said Tofaute.
Nathan Jahn played basketball at north all four years of high school. He has fond memories of playing at Indiana State's Hulman Center.
"I know the economy's doing bad, but I feel money is always an issue. But still, it's such a big tradition around Terre Haute and everyone looks forward to that game," said Jahn.
But when it comes down to it, they understand the school corporation's decision.
"I didn't realize how much money the school corporation wasn't getting form the schools playing at the stadium. So I think it's definitely a good thing for the school corporation and both high schools," said Tofaute.
"But if the schools have to do it to save money, they have to do what they have to do," said Jahn.
Tanoos believes moving the games back their home schools will make the games more special.
"For the first time in a long time, it will be played on the home school's football field, instead of ISU. Be an opportunity for the fans to be right on top of the field for the game," said Tanoos.
Tanoos said it hasn't been decided who will host the 2013 Victory Bell game. The athletics counsel will make that decision.
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