I’m pretty sure this has been mentioned here and elsewhere, but since the point was reiterated to me by Ned Griffen of The Day, it bears repeating.
Yes, the 2010 CIAC football championship games will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
In fact, here’s the entire playoff schedule via to the 2010 CIAC Football Tournament guide.
(Remember, we have four divisions, folks!)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 – 6:30 p.m. — at the site of the higher ranked team.
Saturday, December 4, 2010 – 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. – Neutral sites ( I imagine these will be at our usual championship sites like Ken Strong Stadium, New Britain, Trumbull, etc.)
Saturday, December 10-11, 2010 – Rentschler Field
(One game on Friday evening – 7:00 p.m. / Three games on Saturday – 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.)
Now, only in the case of “extremely inclement weather” will the CIAC postpone the games at Rentscher.
This has happened before. In 2003, the finals were supposed to be played in East Hartford, but a massive snow/ice storm forced postponement of all the games, which ultimately moved to weather-ready Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven. They were played over the the next week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
From what I remember, Rentschler Field (and Jess Dow Field at Southern) didn’t want to spend the cash for the snow removal.
So this is a very real issue in 2010, especially with championship games scheduled deeper into December as they’ve ever been. (I’m sure Chris Everone of KSS will be speed dialed once the flakes start falling. As always, he’ll be ready.)
However, the CIAC has decreed that No games will be postponed past Sunday, December 12. Which means there’s just a two-day window for the bulk of these championship games.
Could they could actually cancel some championship games?
Co-champions. …Foof. I’m not even going to ponder the mess that will unleash.
The championship game admission is $10 (no children, senior or Student discounts like in the quarterfinals and semifinals). I’m guessing (hoping?) that price will get you into all three games Saturday. Would Rentschler clear the stands? The question has been forwarded to CIAC.
Update: Yes, the $10 includes admission to all three Saturday games, says CIAC.