WAKEFIELD – With nearly 80 years of high school football games being played at one location dating back to the 1940s, alumni will be recognized at halftime the senior night football game in Wakefield this Friday.
As the new sports complex sees construction west of Wakefield Community Schools around the current track, Wakefield will be hosting Laurel-Concord-Coleridge in their final home football game of 2021 and at Eaton Field.
Superintendent of Schools at Wakefield, Matt Farup said in his research the first season played at the park was 1943 which at one point was meant for not only just baseball and football but track as well.
Mr. Farup said Friday night will be one last chance for the alumni to be on the field.
“So, we are hoping to have as many alumni in the area than can make it and come and share some memories and be recognized at halftime,” Farup added. “We also will provide free admission for those alumni coming into the park as well.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Eaton Field on Friday, October 8 as the current seniors will be honored prior to the game.
As Farup got to know businesses, parent’s and community members, the conversation of a new facility kept on coming up which was also a part of the school board strategic plan. He mentioned past administration has put some funds away.
“In our special building fund and our depreciation funds,” Farup mentioned. “The things they save for so we are able to use a combination of fundraising school funds to be able to afford this construction project.”
For those who can’t make it to the game, plan on joining Nate Burrows on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with pregame show coverage set for 6:40 p.m. Friday night.
The contractor assures Farup that even if they don’t get started before the winter weather, the school will be ready for the home opener in the fall of 2022. The new area will feature a full press box, concession stand, team room area, full bleachers and field turf.
An area where the football team practices is already located just west of the school which encompasses a track that has anchored the construction.
“We do look forward to a new/great facility but we’re so thankful for the opportunity to play at Eaton Field,” Farup mentioned. “Working with the City and then just grateful for the great football that’s been played throughout the last 79 years down at the park.”
Hear the complete interview with Matt Farup during halftime of the Wakefield vs. LCC football broadcast on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com. (interview will be posted under podcast tab of the Community drop-down on wayanedailynews.com over the weekend).
Visit wakefieldschools.org for more information or contact the school at 402-287-2012 with any questions.