Changing Fields

Several area school districts upgrading, renovating their athletic facilities

Construction continues on the new athletic fields at Gloversville High School. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — On Sept. 7, the Gloversville Enlarged School District is scheduled to have its new state-of-the-art FieldTurf facility at the high school turned over to them for use.

That weekend there are three soccer games and a field hockey match scheduled the christen the new facility.

However, practices for the fall sports season start Aug. 14 and the games are two weeks into the season.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of fields available in the district to use when practices open and for early-season games,” Gloversville Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mike DeMagistris said. “We are going to be able to stay here in the district for the practices but have switched some of the early-season home games to road games. Co-operation is going to be essential to make the early-season run smoothly.”

With the construction underway on the varsity soccer and field hockey stadium, the junior varsity soccer field and the modified sports fields, opening day practices have been relocated to Boulevard Elementary School and Darling Field.

“We have put in a request with the city to utilize Darling Field for the modified practices this season,” DeMagistris said. “But we will use Boulevard School for the games that are scheduled for Saturdays.”

The Gloversville Huskies are not effected by the change and will continue to practice and play their games at Park Terrace Elementary School. The Huskies modified football team will practice on the present varsity softball field behind the middle school, which has been fenced off from the construction.

“We have kept modified football on campus because of the equipment that would have to be moved,” DeMagistris said.

The Gloversville Dragons soccer teams will play their opening games of the season at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field.

The boys soccer team has a home game scheduled under the lights at Husky Field at 7 p.m. against Fonda-Fultonville on Aug. 25 and an afternoon game against Queensbury on Aug. 29, while the Huskies football team has a scrimmage slated there on Aug. 26.

It will be a full day of action at Husky Field on Sept. 1 as the Lady Dragons host the opening game of their tournament

The Lady Dragons have their season-opening tournament with morning and afternoon games on tap before the Huskies take to the field for their season-opener against South Glens Falls at 7 p.m.

The Gloversville field hockey team will play their early-season games on the road and are scheduled to play their first game on the new field against Johnstown at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9.

“The field hockey team does have a home game scheduled against Glens Falls Sept. 5 but we are working with them to swap our dates and play them there,” DeMagistris said.

The Gloversville cross-country team will be displaced this season due to the construction and will run its home meets at Johnstown High School.

“We are excited about the new, state-of-the-art facility,” DeMagistris said. “The new field will also benefit the softball team as their field will be part of the soccer/field hockey facility. The new track at the high school is scheduled to be done in November and will be ready for use. Our ultimate goal is to keep the majority of our teams and kids on campus for practices and games.”

Gloversville is not the only school with Capital Projects going on.

Broadalbin-Perth has a massive project going on at its campus but the football/soccer/track facility will be ready for the teams to use Monday.

“They replaced the turf on the football field,” Broadalbin-Perth Athletic Director Matt Ehrenreich said. “It is has the same kind of texture to it but it is a little bit safer. It is definitely one of the better types you can get. The biggest thing we are coming across is to get everything figured out. They need to resurface the track and that takes some time to get things figured out and a couple of the teams will need to get switched over to a practice field. It is just a matter of talking with the coaches and working out where and when they can go. With machines coming in and out we want to make sure the kids are safe.”

Mayfield Central School District has been upgrading their sports fields and have made a few changes for the upcoming fall season.

“Our elementary fields were re-done last fall, but aren’t ready for use yet,” Mayfield Athletic Director Brian Dunn said. “Our high school fields will be started after the fall season, but they have already taken down our lights. This means that we will not have lights to use for soccer games, so all of our home games will be played at the traditional 4:30 or 4:15 p.m. start time.”

But playing special events under the lights is not totally out of the question.

“We are planning on renting lights for a couple of games however,” Dunn said. “We shouldn’t really see much change anywhere else this fall, with the exception of modified girls soccer games will now be played on one of the high school fields instead of at the elementary.”

Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville High Schools are currently remodeling their gymnasiums leading to changes for the schools volleyball and swim teams.

The Johnstown volleyball team will play its matches at Warren Street Elementary School, while the combined Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville girls swim teams will practice and compete at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

The Fonda-Fultonville girls volleyball team will move their practices and games to the elementary school gym for the upcoming season.