ONCE IN A SUPERMOON: Lacrosse Teams Slated to Play in Home Stadium
BK will host two lacrosse matches this week, and for the first time the teams will compete in the school’s sports stadium. The boys team — who could not have picked a more challenging opponent for this event– will attempt to upset the the highly favored and league-leading Centennial Patriots on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The girls squad hosts Skyview on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
The idea to utilize the stadium and its amenities such as concession stands, bleachers, restrooms, etc., on an occasional basis for lacrosse is not new; however, the positive acceptance of the concept by individuals who decide what occurs in the stadium is a distinct departure from past thinking. The timing coincides with the boys lacrosse team honoring BK’s football tradition in a special way this season.
It won’t be the first time that Bishop Kelly’s lacrosse teams have played in a football stadium. In fact, both BK lacrosse teams earned State Championship titles in 2011 playing in Eagle High’s “Thunder Stadium,” which is primarily designed for football.
In recent years nearly $700,000 in donations from the entire BK community have been pumped into the BK stadium facility, which is mainly used for home football games and track meets. In addition, some other non-sports activities and sports camps have been held there.
This week’s games are “special events” and do not indicate a permanent change in venue for the lacrosse teams. In fact, due to the efforts of the school’s maintenance and facilities personnel, the BK lacrosse field is considered one of the best in the Boise Valley by coaches and players. The recent addition of a larger electronic scoreboard and enhanced PA system, provided by parent donations, has made the lacrosse field even more attractive this season.