By: Cameron Merritt
On Sept. 20, AHS unveiled the newly renovated Tozier-Cassidy Field. The new state-of-the-art athletic facility, which was funded through a combination of public dollars and private donations, was very impressive according to many of the students asked about the project.
“It’s awesome,” said Ryan Welch (12), who showed off his school spirit with blue and white face paint before the game. “I haven’t seen it close up yet, but I do that the way it looks is really good.”
When asked what he would’ve liked to have seen done to make the stadium even better, Welch responded “I wish they made the turf blue.”
Walking in to the new stadium, Matt Girczyc (11) said he was instantly impressed.
“I really like the new additions to the appearance, the new arch [at the entrance to the facility], new stone pillars, and the fence around it looks so much better.”
Once inside the stadium, as people took their seats in the new bleachers before the pre-game ceremony, some students felt a sense of pride in the project.
“I think it’s really cool and it’s such a great moment for Attleboro,” said Karissa Hand (12).
Mason Ramos (12) said while he thought the stadium as a whole “looked nice,” he felt that the best part of the facility was it’s new track.
“[I’m glad that] we actually have a track [now],” said Ramos.
Asked if he felt the cost of the stadium was worth it, senior Owen Bacchiocchi (12) felt it definitely was, and reflected very well on the school itself.
“It all looks better. Not just the field itself, but the whole complex, the field and track. Best stadium in the Hockomock League.”
A group of sixth grade boys from Coehlo Middle School, wearing their South Attleboro White Hawks Pop Warner football jerseys, said they were “really excited” to be there, and that they couldn’t wait until the day they had a chance to play on it.
Following the pre-game ceremony, Max Lancaster (12) was amazed at how well it went and how it was presented.
“[It was] unbelievable,” said Lancaster, who took part in the on-field ceremony as a captain for baseball. “The community came together. The students loved it, the parents loved it, seeing the smiles on everybody’s faces, it couldn’t have gone any better.”
“All this week, any conversation that I had with any person I bumped into [at school] was ‘Are you going to the game Friday?’ ‘Are you ready for Friday?’ ‘Are you excited for Friday?’ It’s just the pinnacle of this community coming together. It’s just been a great atmosphere tonight,” added Lancaster.
“[Tonight’s] going great, this stadium is awesome. Can’t wait to come back to the next game,” said Connor Silva (12), who added that his favorite part of the new field was the turf itself.
“We’ve never had turf before, it’s great. I love it,” said Silva. His friend, Richard Wilkins (11), added that besides the turf, “the bleachers are pretty awesome.”
Attleboro finished the night on a high note, with a solid rout of the Dartmouth High School Indians, winning 41-12.
PHOTO GALLERY: STADIUM OPENING (Arranged by Kenna Beech and Cameron Merritt)