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    City to gain its first football field with night lights

    (6/19/2006) The City will gain its first football field with nightlights this fall, thanks to a $714,000 reconstruction of the Pop Warner football field in West Rock by the Parks Department.

    The Parks Department is constructing a fully sodded, regulation size football field in West Rock with state of the art nighttime sports lighting, an automatic irrigation system and a scoreboard with remote control. The field is located at the intersection of Wilmot Road and Wayfarer Street just north of Clarence Rogers School. It will have a subsurface drainage system and field designed by a soil and playing field expert from University of Connecticut.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said, “the field will be a huge addition to the athletic programs in the West Rock area and will provide a state of the art football site for students throughout our city. This facility will give us the opportunity to schedule games with other city and suburban teams at a first rate facility and allow us to schedule games during evening hours so that parents and others can support their children.”

    Joseph Canzanella, director of physical education and athletics for the New Haven Public Schools, said the new Pop Warner football field “will provide many more opportunities for our students at all levels- elementary, middle and high - to participate in all levels of football, from practices, to games and special team activities. Community football teams from the Pop Warner League will also profit immensely from this terrific site.”

    Along with the relatively new football facility at Wilbur Cross High School, the planned improvements for Bowen Field and the New Haven Athletic Center, the Pop Warner

    Football Field adds to the athletic resources available to young people.

    Sketch of Pop Warner football field site
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    Sketch of Pop Warner football field site

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