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John Habib's City Sports: Memorial principal explains football time changes
It's a reasonable question, considering that three times in two years Memorial principal Arthur Adamakos has switched a game originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. to a daytime start.
The rescheduling of the Central games is another matter, Adamakos conceded.
"When you have Memorial and Central playing a night game, some things can get out of hand," Colcord said. "At Memorial, we just don't have enough administrators to patrol the grounds. Arthur has always felt it's easier to patrol the grounds during the daytime hours. I would prefer we play Central at night, but I can't blame Arthur for moving the games. Safety issues always come first."
Beaudry acknowledged there are pockets around Chabot-McDonough Field, particularly between the high school and Southside Middle School, where people looking for trouble can congregate, especially in areas where it's dark and out of sight from the general public.
"I have, but for different reasons," he said. "Every time we flick the light switch before 8 o'clock, we're paying $1,000 in surcharge fees. I support day games for budgetary reasons. But I can understand the long tradition Manchester has of playing night games, too."
"Today we live in a different era, with social media being the way it is," said Beaudry. "The city and the schools have an obligation of making sure our sporting events are safe for the public. We certainly don't want to be liable for something that happens which we could have controlled ahead of time."
That said, Memorial-Central football games should be played at night. If Adamakos deems the game unsafe to play at Chabot-Memorial Field, move it to Gill Stadium. The players (and school bands) should have the opportunity to experience a city rivalry game under the lights and create all the memories that come from that experience.
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Registration can be done online at www.friendsgolfing.com or by contacting Christine Telge at 703-6955. Bonneville and Sons will award a car for a hole-in-one.
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