Football: Sacred Heart-St. Ignatius CCS championship game moved to AT&T Park
Update (Tuesday, 6 p.m.): The CCS has officially listed AT&T Park as the site for the game. Full details can be seen at this link: http://cifccs.org/playoffs/results/11-12/FB-DIV3%2011-12.pdf
By Jeremy Balan
High school football in the City apparently is not over.
After originally slating the Central Coast Section Division III championship game between Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius to Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, CCS officials and the athletic departments of both schools upped the ante.
With Kezar Stadium unavailable, the game will now be played at AT&T Park on Saturday at 7 p.m., where the field is currently still set up for football after the University of California-Berkeley played it’s entire 2011 home schedule at the San Francisco Giants’ home field.
“We’ve been working all day to get to this point and now it’s there,” said Sacred Heart athletic director Phil Freed. “I’m grateful that the CCS listened and was able to help get the game in San Francisco and that all the fans will be able to watch a great game.”
The section decided to move the game from Terra Nova early Tuesday, which likely would have been overwhelmed with fans exceeding it’s announced 2,600-person capacity.
According to Freed and St. Ignatius athletic director John Mulkerrins, San Jose City College and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills were also considered before settling on AT&T.
“It was a great example of three institutions working together to come up with a solution to a problem,” Mulkerrins said. “It’s extremely exciting to provide the students the opportunity to play in a premier facility like AT&T Park.”
While both athletic departments confirmed that the game will be played at AT&T Park, the CCS has yet to officially announce the move.
“It’s not [the school’s] decision to make,” said CCS commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser. “There’s still some things that need to be worked out. We’ll announce it when it’s the right time.”
The game between the two City rivals will be the first time the schools have played twice in a season and the first time they have met in postseason play.
The Division I championship game between Serra and Menlo-Atherton is still scheduled to kick off at it’s originally-scheduled time at Terra Nova on Saturday at 3 p.m.