Two Southern Connecticut Conference schools will have some of its athletic teams at least starting the season with all road games due to facilities that need to be completed.
Shelton’s Finn Stadium is receiving a new track, turf, lighting system, fence and pavement within the stadium area, according to athletic director John Niski. He also indicated the project was supposed to be finished by now, but is now looking like the week of Sept. 23 when it will be completed.
“It’s looking like a showcase facility,” Niski said. “We are grateful for everyone’s patience and working with other schools to reschedule games and make those adjustments. It’s one of those benefits being in this league and the business.”
Shelton’s first two football games were supposed to be at Finn, but have now been moved to West Haven High’s Ken Strong Stadium. The Gaels will now “host” Cheshire on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sept. 13 vs. Xavier at 6. That leaves Shelton with just two actual home games.
“(Jon) Capone is an amazing athletic director and has been very helpful and generous to us,” Niski said. “(Strong Stadium) was available and we are comfortable there having played there before. We’re very fortunate that within our conference, we can all work together.”
Shelton’s boys soccer opener against Amity Thursday is being held at Capewell Park in town. Its next home game is Sept. 25 against Fairfield Prep. The girls soccer team currently has games Sept. 17 and 20 scheduled at Finn, but Niski said, “Those games haven’t been moved yet, but likely will be.”
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The Sept. 18 field hockey game against Lyman Hall will likely be moved up a week to Sept. 12 in Wallingford.Hamden was expecting to be without its swimming pool for the entire fall girls’ season, but athletic director Tom Dyer confirmed that the start of the boys season this winter could also be in jeopardy.
“We need to make sure we do this project right. It’s not just our pool, it’s a big part of the community,” Dyer said. “Is this ideal for our programs? Absolutely not. But at the same time, when the project gets done, it will be an exceptional pool and we will host some state and SCC events yet again.”
Dyer said the swim team currently practices at the Hamden YMCA “with great support from Cheshire High and North Haven High (to use its facilities),” Dyer said. The 12 regular-season meets are all on the road.
The Green Dragons’ girls volleyball team has eight straight road games to start the season while the gym renovations are completed. Dyer said the floor is done, but the bleachers still need to be completed.
He said capacity will still be around 1,000 people and that the likely start for the team and the gym classes will be the first week of October. That means the Sept. 26 match against Law will likely move to Milford.
“Without the support of our superintendent, principal, mayor and legislative council and understanding the needs of our student-athletes these two projects wouldn’t be possible,” Dyer said.