Girls’ field hockey team first to play on the new multi-purpose field

Team posing for a group picture

With the Pep Band playing, members of the S-G girls’ field hockey team cut the ribbon to Hitchcock Field and ran onto the new multi-purpose field, formerly the football field, behind the high school.

The girls will face South Glens Fall in a game today at 4:30 p.m.

Board of Education President David Bucciferro and Superintendent Susan Swartz made comments during a brief opening ceremony. Both thanked the community for approving the $14 million capital project in May 2018. The $2.3 million field renovation was part of that project.

Bucciferro said he had been advocating for a turf field for as least 12 years and that it took a lot of work to get the field in place. “This is a gender neutral field,” he said, noting that it is no longer just the football field as it had been for decades. Swartz said she was pleased that the first team to play on the field was the girls’ field hockey team.

The capital project also included the recent renovations at the high school and middle school auditoriums and roofing work at all six schools.

The new field will get a workout this week:

  • Wednesday – girls’ soccer plays Gloversville at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – boys’ soccer plays Glens Falls at 5 p.m.
  • Friday – football plays Queensbury at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday –
  • girls’ hockey plays Queensbury at 10 a.m.
  • boys’ soccer plays Mechanicville at 12 noon

The field comes with a 12-year warranty.

In addition, the nearby grass fields  – Practice Football, HS Phys Ed / Field Hockey / Girls’s & Boy’s
Lacrosse Playfield Areas, Varsity Baseball & Softball / Soccer
Playfield Areas – will all be resurfaced and irrigation added beginning this fall. Others fields will be done next summer.

Here’s an overview of the project from the architects.

Here are a few pictures from today’s ribbon cutting:

Ribbon cutting to open the field Band playing at ribbon cutting Girls playing on the field Team posing for a group picture