Games Postponed Due to Flooding, Damage on New Field


Photo by Emily Nagy

The new stadium field now has multiple dirt patches caused from recent flooding. The Bermuda grass was installed over the summer and was intended to be used for all fall sports games.

Aidan Brami, Online Copy Editor

Joseph B. Good stadium has been a topic of discussion this school year, as athletes and coaches have transitioned from talking about what it will be like playing on the new Bermuda grass field to now speculating how many more games will be postponed due to flooding.

After the installation of the new field this summer, athletes and coaches expressed excitement and curiosity about what it would be like to play on the new field. However, after a deluge of recent rain, unforeseen drainage problems have delayed many teams’ early season home games.

Players struggled with traction early in the season as the integrity of the field was compromised during games.

“The first game was fun but it was so muddy and every time we would plant or cut, it would make a dirt patch,” said senior offensive lineman Jaylon Harry, who played on the new field during the football team’s first home game versus Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC).

The athletic department has rescheduled several games because of the field complications, including field hockey, soccer and football.

While there have been circulating rumors of leaky pipes and faulty equipment, athletic director Michael Hayes has been working to identify the exact problem and fix it soon.

Workers continue to dry the field for upcoming games. Numerous sports have already had games postponed this season. Photo by Emily Nagy.

“They’ve checked the valves, they’ve checked the sprinkler heads, they’ve checked the irrigation pipes; it must just be a low spot in the middle of the field that we’re going to have to topdress,” Hayes said.

As the field slowly dries, athletes hope the weather changes for the better so they can enjoy the field they have been anticipating playing on all summer.  

“The Bermuda grass tends to hold up better than regular grass,” senior girls soccer player Charlotte Davis said, “so I think it will hold up well when it dries.”