WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY. – When you walk up the slight paved incline on the path to the Roy C. Ketcham football field, you will experience the reveal of the long overdue transformation of a what was arguably one of the worst fields in the league.
Thanks to an approved budget for upgrades and renovations that include a full turf field, a brand new press box, and lights, the Ketcham field has morphed into a sports complex that rivals many of the other high school campuses in the Hudson Valley.
“It’s surreal”, said Ketcham Head Football Coach Bryan Hogan. “The kids are more excited about the lights than the turf because they’re anxious to play night games.”
Up until this point, just about every school, other than Spackenkill, has permanent lighting and turf fields. Even Ketcham’s sister school, John Jay, has enjoyed lights for the past ten years.
Jay also got a received a field upgrade going from natural grass to turf this season.
“It’s great to practice on”, said Ketcham Head Soccer Coach Scott Grimes. Both Grimes and Hogan remember the old days as both were players at the school back in the days of torn up grass fields, broken scoreboards, and no night games unless the team was traveling to another school.
“I’m really fortunate to be the coach here while this is going on”, remarked Hogan.
Ketcham opens its season on the road, but will play its first home game on the new turf and under the lights, against cross town rival John Jay. The game is slated for Friday September 8th, with kick off at 7pm.