With sellout, overflow crowd expected for Battle of Lakes

The 2016 installment of the Battle of the Lakes will be played before one of the biggest crowds ever to see a game at Lake Travis’ Cavalier Stadium.

Athletic departments from both schools confirmed Wednesday that all tickets have been sold, making the game the first official sellout in Lake Travis history. Lake Travis lists the capacity at Cavalier Stadium at 7,000, though most people believe they’ll be quite a bit more than that in attendance.

The sellout didn’t do anything to curb demand. By Wednesay night, nine entries had appeared on Craigslist either selling or seeking game tickets, some asking $50 per ticket.

Lake Travis and Westlake fans experienced the same thing at Westlake last year, when the game sold out early in the week. Much of the standing-room only crowd, though, turned quiet as Lake Travis pulled away for a 35-14 win, its eighth straight in the series. Lake Travis’ players noticed the impact an early Cade Brewer touchdown had on the atmosphere.

“I feel like last year, we were the home team,” Brewer said. “Our crowd was way louder. When we scored that first touchdown, man it was loud.”

Lake Travis coach Hank Carter, who admitted he doesn’t hear much from the crowd due to the headset he wears during games, agreed with his tight end.

“Once we got ahead I felt like I heard our crowd a lot and it kind of took their crowd out of it,” he said.

Carter understands that Westlake’s fans will arrive at Cavalier Stadium in force and look to boost their team at every opportunity.

“They are going to have a ton of people over there, too, and when they are playing well, when we have the ball they are going to be loud,” Carter said.

Adjusting to the atmosphere will be a key to success, said Lake Travis linebacker Mateo Lopez, who’s one of a dozen or so Cavaliers playing in this game for the third time.

“We need to settle in and not let the atmosphere get to us,” he said. “It’s going to be one of the craziest atmospheres some of the younger guys have been in. They have to learn to deal with it in the beginning and not let it get to their head.”

Students will be the two largest, concentrated groups of fans on either side, and both groups want to make an impact on the game. On the home side, Carter knows the Lake Travis students will be engaged.

“I can say with great confidence that our student section will be rowdy and they will be rocking,” Carter said Tuesday. “They are going to cheer for our guys and hopefully make a lot of noise when Westlake has the football.”