Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Soggy football fields might be unplayable Friday

This week's heavy rain from Tropical Storm Ida is saturating area fields - and could affect Friday night's first-round football playoff games.

Olympic High has moved its first round football game to Ardrey Kell, which has artificial turf. Olympic postponed a third-round soccer match to Thursday night, when more rain is expected in the Charlotte area.

That soccer match, played on a wet field, could damage the turf less than 24 hours before the football game.

Olympic's football team will play North Mecklenburg Friday night at 7:30, now at Ardrey Kell.

Several athletics directors, who were out of school Wednesday, said their fields were very wet Tuesday - before an all-night rain hit Charlotte.

Independence athletics director Kelly Lewis said his sidelines were under water after school Tuesday.

"My problem is all the water from school drains down there," he said. "I won't know until I get back (Thursday) to look at it. (Tuesday) there was no water on the field. Wind and sun do a lot of good. But we're not getting much sun."

Lewis said if it rains Thursday, as expected, "it could put a damper on things."

Last season, heavy rains forced postponement of three Mecklenburg County first-round games involving Independence, Garinger and Charlotte Catholic. Those games were played on Saturday.

- Langston Wertz Jr.


Jimmy said...

You really don't want to have to play on Monday and Friday during the Playoffs

Anonymous said...

Saturdays fine and even Sunday for a change.
And they dont have to played under the lights but in the afternoon.
It seems to be a stupid tradition to play at night only. Save electricty. Play at 1pm.