By Mark Ambrogi
It’s not a Golden Ticket, but this Gold Card definitely has value.
For the first time Noblesville Schools will be offering a Gold Card program for Noblesville residents who are age 60 and older, to attend Noblesville High School home athletic events for free.
To be eligible for the Gold Card, seniors must turn 60 before the first official day of the school year (Aug. 3). Those seniors interested in reserving home football or basketball seats can do so with a $15 charge.
The Gold Card will provide a pass for high school athletic events (freshman, junior varsity and varsity) excluding Indiana High School Athletic Association postseason play.
The card also provides free access to drama performances at the high school.
“You have to use the card to exchange for actual tickets so we can manage the crowd,” said Marnie Cooke, Noblesville Schools’ director of marketing and communications. “We’re excited to do this and think it’s a great way to connect with other community members and people who are not actively engaged with things at the school.”
Cooke said Supt. Beth Niedermeyer, learned of other school districts who have offered a similar program for senior citizens.
“When she heard about it, we loved the idea, and our athletic department was supportive of it,” Cooke said. “They (seniors) are helping to pay taxes for the district and we want them to get some value out of it.”
The card is good for one school year and must be renewed each year.
Starting on July 27, those interested can apply for the card at the athletic office in the high school, 18111 Cumberland Rd., open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applicants must bring current identification to provide proof of age and residency.
The card is not valid for middle school events, and elementary school events are already free.