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March 28, 2013

Trinity Stadium weathers the storms for early opening

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. While the recent spring snowstorms have wreaked havoc on school schedules, city budgets and many outdoor sports facilities, they have been no match for Trinity Stadium.

Even if we do not see another snowflake this spring, most playing fields in New England will not be playable for another few weeks. Trinity Stadium has already hosted eight college baseball games and dozens of college and high school practices this year. Last Tuesday’s storm dropped close to 8 inches on the state-of-the-art artificial turf surface. It took a couple of days of plowing and shoveling, but the field was ready for play by Friday afternoon.

Recent renovations have resulted in a modernized playing surface, yet the rich history of the Stadium has been preserved. There is still plenty of work to be done though. Three of the five sections of the concrete grandstands still need to be restored, the parking lot resurfaced, and lights upgraded among other things.

Despite the renovation only being half-complete, word is quickly spreading across the region about this facility. Last weekend, the Assumption College (Worcester), American International College (Springfield) and Southern Connecticut University baseball teams traveled to Trinity Stadium at 20 Nettleton Ave. to play their home baseball games. The stadium is also home to the Haverhill High School baseball and boys and girls lacrosse programs. Each of these teams has been able to practice outdoors over the past two weeks, whereas many other school teams are stuck in their gymnasiums.

The city of Haverhill is truly fortunate to have such an outstanding facility, yet the potential exists for even bigger and better things. Once the renovation is complete, Trinity Stadium will be one of the premier sports venues in all of New England. The Stadium Commission, School Department and the city will continue to work together to try to make this happen. Once it does, sports programs of all levels will travel from near and far to Trinity Stadium.

Tom O’Brien is athletic director at Haverhill High School. He contributes this regular column.

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