Homecoming delays turf renewal

Samantha Freyre

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Senior Dean Khazanov jogs towards the field during the Birmingham Patriots’ game against the La Salle Lancers; Patriots won 34-21.

When they first heard that their homecoming was going to be held at another school, Birmingham Community Charter High School students were furious. But earlier this month, it was announced that homecoming would be held on their own turf on Oct. 27.

“Yes, homecoming is back at Birmingham High School. The parade will be at 6:30 and the game will be at 7,” Sports Director Rick Prizant said.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. against Cleveland Charter High School. Students believed that not hosting such a passionate event on their home field would ruin the atmosphere of the event, significantly reducing the hype that usually surrounds the homecoming game.

“I was so mad when I heard homecoming wasn’t going to be at Birmingham,” junior and varsity football player, Kyle Matson said. “I remember just sitting there thinking like why would they be okay with that, the homecoming game means a lot.”

As the school planned to have a refurbishment of the turf, homecoming was not expected to be played at home. Due to a last minute decision, it was determined that any renovations to field would be held off until after the homecoming game.

“Homecoming has always been special,” varsity football player Dean Khazanov said. “It’s so much more than setting up for the dance the following day, it’s the event that ties Birmingham together.”