Thursday November 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- City officials expect to decide today if a deteriorating 90-foot light pole at Wahconah Park can be fixed in time to host Saturday’s doubleheader of high school football.

The historic ballpark has been off-limits since one of the four stanchions beyond the outfield fence blew down during Hurricane Sandy more than two weeks ago. A second light was found to be in rough shape and in need of immediate repair for fear it also could collapse.

"The other one of real concern can be fixed, it doesn’t have to be replaced," Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi on Wed nesday. "We need to re-enforce it with steel, but it may not happen by Friday if we can’t get a contractor to do the job."

On Saturday, the Pittsfield High Generals and Drury Blue Devils football matchup is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Wahconah Park. The game between the St. Jose’s Crusaders and Hoosac Valley Hurricanes is set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. They are the final two games planned for Wahconah Park until baseball season begins in April.

The city is prepared to move the doubleheader to Taconic High School if necessary. Both games would be played at their scheduled times, according to Pittsfield schools Athletic Director Jim Abel.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
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