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Pittsfield Halts Games at Wahconah Park

Pittsfield City Hall
05:07PM / Thursday, November 08, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The PHS/Burke Academy football game scheduled for Saturday at Wahconah Park has been moved to Taconic High School after city officials expressed concern about the integrity of some of the light stanchions. The game will take place at 1:30 at Taconic.

In the meantime, a structural engineer will inspect the stanchions on Friday to determine whether they can be repaired in time for other football games scheduled at Wahconah Park throughout the month of November.

According to Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, one of the 90-foot-tall stanchions that stood behind the outfield fence at the park blew over during Super Storm Sandy. A second stanchion behind the outfield fence also appears to have structural problems. There are a total of eight stanchions at Wahconah Park, which carry poles and light bars to illuminate the field. The four poles behind the outfield fence are of most concern to city officials.

"I don't want anyone to get hurt. We're going to be extremely cautious," the mayor said. "We want to make sure that the stanchions and poles are sound before having a crowd at the park."

The mayor said that the city's insurance carrier will help pay for the majority of the replacement cost for the pole that blew over.

Tags: football,   high school sports,   Wahconah Park,   

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