Old Football Field

September 23, 2013
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The other day Jeff Miller and I were talking about press boxes at different football fields from which we have broadcast games.  A lot of you will remember the old field by the Intermediate School.  There was nothing unusual about this field, but the press box was a real gem.  It was set on top of 4 telephone poles.  The poles were buried in the ground, but still towered quite a few feet above game level.  You got to the press box on an extension ladder separate from the box itself.  You entered the press box through the floor.  On nice, calm Friday nights things up there were pretty good.  Of course, you were very careful when you stood up to stretch because the hole was still in the floor.  The fun nights were when it started to rain and the wind blew.  Besides swaying back and forth you always had the thought of going down that ladder in the rain.  One of my partners got so petrified about getting down that athletic director, Glen Butte, had to forcefully pick him up and carry him down the ladder.  He screamed every step of the way.  What a difference today with the bleachers that Batesville inherited from Walhill Pony Farm with their nice covering.  Not only are they covered on top, but they are covered on 3 sides.  The press box is on the other side of the field and is accessible simply by walking up the bleachers with a handrail.  This press box is very nice, but as new fields are build the newer ones are now equipped with air conditioning and/or heat.  Some even have facilities for keeping and storing food.  Yes, I am talking about high school press boxes!

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