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Some students and parents in Pasco County are upset their homecoming dance is falling on the same night as their school's homecoming football game.
"I'm extremely frustrated," Anclote High School parent Christina Feigley said. "Who wants to do that and then go to a dance after they've played for hours? They're going to be exhausted."
Feigley's daughter is a sophomore at Anclote High and plays in the school's band. She fears the overlap in the dates is going to make her daughter unable to attend this year's dance.
"Once a child gets showered and actually gets to the dance they have maybe half an hour," Feigley said.
But according to Pasco County Schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe, the decision to hold the game and the dance on the same night was not an oversight. She said the principal of the school planned the calendar that way hoping to erase the "mini-prom" reputation homecoming has developed.
"She believes that by making it more casual and having it on the same night as the football game that more kids will be able to come," Cobbe said. "They won't have to worry about all of the dresses and the limos and everything."
The school has decided to move the homecoming football game up a half hour so it will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. The dance is scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. that same evening.
"They're still going to pay the same price whether they are there for half an hour or the full three hours," Feigley said. "I just think it's unfair."
According to the school district, this year both River Ridge High School and Ridgewood High School are also having their homecoming game and dance on the same night.
But at Anclote, Feigley is hoping the principal has a change of heart.
"I just hope they make the right decision," she said.