Hagerty High School charging $5 for football game parking

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OVIEDO, Fla. —

It's homecoming week at Hagerty High School in Oviedo. There was a parade, the big game is Friday night, but anyone planning on attending may be welcomed by a fee to park.

"Starting this evening, the administration is starting a $5 parking fee for the lot that is here closest to the stadium," Michael Lawrence of Seminole County Public Schools said. "That fee is going towards stadium improvements."

Lawrence said because the district does not fund athletics, the school needs to come up with a remaining $4,000 to pay for some improvements. That's where the parking fee comes in.

"You know some parents, I think, might feel that is a little steep, maybe what they should do is ask people to voluntarily pay the $5," parent Paul Dawson said.

According to Seminole County School district, it is not uncommon for schools to charge for parking at varsity football games.

Eyewitness News asked why the school started charging halfway through the season.

"Hagerty High School's varsity football schedule was loaded with away football games at the beginning of the season," Lawrence said.

Friday's game marks their first home game where the school can collect.

"At first it is like $5, really? But it is for a good cause. You know the school does need to come up with creative ways to raise money," parent Chris Bouwens said.

Officials said the $5 fee for Friday night's game is only for the main lot closest to the field.

The school still has two additional lots that are free of charge.