At Terry Sanford High School games, ticket prices went up $1 this year, ranging between $3 and $5 per game. Principal Al Miller says higher prices are striking out with his students.
"The cost is really holding the kids back," he said. "They just cannot afford to come."
Some students want a season pass, charging $20 for admission to all home sporting events.
Cumberland County's athletic programs depend on the money from game ticket sales for funding. But the school board says it needs to develop a policy on the prices and a discount for students.
In a meeting next week the school board will consider the idea of having one uniform price for schools across the county.