When Campolindo walked out of Foothill with the North Coast Section Division II Football Championship on Nov. 27, the Cougars took not only the football hardware, but also possibly any hope of Foothill hosting any NCS events in their stadium.
Confused? Okay, let me explain.
There is no denying that Foothill’s stadium facilities are antiquated and in dire need of some upgrades.
The press box is an accident waiting the happen and, most importantly, there is a serious issue with ADA accessibility for the field that sits well below the level people enter.
There is a ramp down to the lower level, but it is by the softball field – a decent distance from the football field/stadium.
It has been that way for years, but no one has complained like the Campolindo people did to NCS following the game.
I don’t believe the Campo complainers wanted the following tornado to hit Foothill – but it has hit hard and left Foothill hurting.
NCS got the complaints and promptly sent Foothill track and field coach Jorge Quero an email that the NCS Tri-Valley Meet was being taken from Foothill and that there would be no other NCS events at the Foothill stadium until the improvements were made.
That means no NCS events at Foothill for football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field.
That stinks and can potentially be an issue for a lot of student athletes.
“We have known there has been some needs,” said Foothill Principal Sebastian Bull. “Business Services (in the Pleasanton Unified School District) is working with NCS to meet requirements at least in the short term.”
PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon got back to me Sunday – impressive and appreciated working on the weekend – and had the following statement.
“We’ve reached out to NCS and are hopeful to explore some short- and long-term options,” said Gannon. “We are aware of the improvements needing to be made. It is important, but expensive, work and we are committed to exploring solutions.”
There are short-term options.
One, and the most obvious, is paving the dirt path from the end of the ramp by the softball field, alleviating the need to traverse a bumpy and inconsistent dirt and gravel path.
It’s not a perfect solution.
The Campo complainers may have done Foothill a favor, although I seriously doubt that was their objective.
But what needs to be done is what benefits the student athletes. If NCS can’t recognize that, shame on them.
I am fully confident Foothill and PUSD have the best interests of the student-athletes in mind. Let us hope NCS does as well.