HC Football at Polar Park! Oct 22, 2021 15:29:02 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by cmo on Oct 22, 2021 15:29:02 GMT -5
Wait 'till next year: Worcester Public Schools targeted to play football at Polar Park in 2022
Telegram & Gazette
For those wondering how St. Paul and St. John’s ended up being selected as the host schools, the answer is simple. Representatives from both schools reached out to WooSox officials after hearing Polar Park planned to host football this fall.
Once it was announced earlier this month St. Paul and St. John’s would participate in the inaugural scholastic football fest at the new ballpark, the WooSox engaged in discussions with Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda about adding a third game that would include at least one WPS team.
While St. John’s agreed last week to move its game from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., athletic director Dave Shea explained that “for a variety of reasons, it didn’t work out” with a WPS game added into the newly created slot between St. Paul and St. John’s.
Chief among them was late notice, so Worcester Tech-Keefe Tech, South-Burncoat and Doherty-North will, as scheduled, be played this weekend at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium.
“It was strictly a question of logistics and timing that kept them from doing it in this first year,” Worcester Red Sox president Dr. Charles Steinberg said Thursday. “But we’ve already said that we’re committed to the Worcester Public Schools for the second year.”
Yes, the WooSox are looking to make this an annual event.
“The idea for using Polar Park for football in the fall was a vision of our city leaders,” Steinberg said. “The mayor (Joseph M. Petty), the city council and certainly City Manager Ed Augustus envisioned that years ago.
“In fact, we had to design the ballpark with football in mind. I’m looking at the field right now, and it just fits. And it was designed to just fit. So, yes, we do want football in the fall to be an annual occurrence. Which teams participate, that’s a matter of discussion and logistics.”