Photo by Mike Duhon.

Update at 3:15 p.m. Thursday: Mystery solved. Visitor side ticket sales to the Lake Highlands vs. Highland Park football game at Highlander Stadium Sept. 9 were halted after they began flying off online shelves Wednesday. That was shortly after HP alum and 2022 Super Bowl champ Matthew Stafford announced he’ll attend the game to see his number retired during a halftime ceremony.

This Friday marks the Wildcats’ first home football game of the season, but loyal fans are already looking past the match against Flower Mound to a renewed district rivalry with Highland Park. HP bumped up to 6A this year and joined District 7-6A with Lake Highlands, Berkner, Pearce, Richardson, Irving, MacArthur, Nimitz and Jesuit. LH last shared a district with HP in 2014-15.

Tickets are always tough to come by at Highlander Stadium, and when online sales spiked this week for tickets on the visitor’s side, sales were abruptly halted. It’s unclear whether Highland Park or Lake Highlands fans were scooping up the visitors’ tickets (I guess we’ll find that out when we get to the game), but to ensure that all remaining seats go to Lake Highlands parents and fans, plans are being made now to sell available tickets through LHHS.

“The visitor’s section is NOT sold out,” announced the Wildcat Club Wednesday night. “If you already purchased a ticket online, it WILL be honored.”

Details are being worked out now on how and where to sell the tickets, so diehard fans should check Wildcat Club social media for updates.

Highlander Stadium is at 4233 Grassmere, two blocks east of the North Dallas Tollway on Lovers Lane. It holds 9600 visitors.