The gray, rainy skies did not dampen the mood of Watertown High School's football players Wednesday afternoon as they got their first shot at practicing on the new artificial turf at Victory Field.
The first event to be played on the new field will be the Watertown-Belmont football game on Thanksgiving Day. Along with the the football team, Victory Field will be home for the WHS baseball, field hockey, boys' and girls' soccer and boys' and girls' lacrosse teams.
The field will also be used by youth sports teams, adult sports teams and for other activities.
Recreation Department Director Peter Centola came out to see the field in use. He and other town officials have been watching the $2.7 million renovation of the field.
"We're just excited," Centola said. "It is the result of hardwork by the Town Council, the Town Manager (Michael Driscoll). It will be a wonderful recreation facility for town residents."
An opening ceremony will be held prior to the Thanksgiving Day game, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Watertown-Belmont game begins at 10:15 a.m.
Tickets to the game and pre-game ceremony are available until Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Athletics Department Office: $6 for adult tickets and $4 for student tickets. After Nov. 22 tickets will be sold for $8 for everyone, and will also be available at the gate on game day.
In addition to the Opening Day Event, there will be two opportunities for the
public to visit the new Victory Field. The Recreation Department will host Fall Field Days on Friday, Nov. 18 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20 between noon and 3 p.m.
For more information about Victory Field call Recreation Director Peter Centola at 617-972-6494 or 617-312-9007.