Football: Monrovia forced to move final two home games

Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell is working on finding the Wildcats football team a neutral site for their final two home games of the season because of on-going work that needs to be done at the new stadium. The football portion of the newly renovated stadium — the artificial turf field, stands and scoreboard — were complete in time to play Arcadia, but the all-weather track and weight room (under the stands) was not.

“They told us it’d be ready for the Arcadia game, which it was,” Bell said. “But we all thought the stadium mean the football field and the track. Well, the track wasn’t done by them and the track company needs an 18-day window to get it done, and they’re not available til late October.”

This means work will begin on Oct. 25 to install the all-weather track, pushing Monrovia’s final two home games against Temple City (Oct. 29) and La Canada (Nov. 12) to what Bell hopes will be a neutral site. That’s proving to be a big hurdle, however, and so far Bell’s had little to no luck.

“I’ve been busting my butt to get a neutral site; there’s pressure from (Monrovia) parents to do that,” Bell said. “They don’t want to go to Temple City and give them a home game. It’s not that easy because there are other things to consider.”

Pasadena High?

“Not getting anywhere there,” Bell said.

PCC?

“They already told me they’re not available.”

Citrus?

“It’s not available for the date we need. It’s difficult.”

Monrovia’s worse case scenario is giving Temple City and La Canada home games, meaning concession money would likely go to those schools.

As for the gate money?

“The difficulty is that you keep the gate receipts for your home games,” Bell said, “then when you play (somewhere) else what do you do?

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  • Beth

    At least the gate receipts part of that is simple: play at the other team’s school and have Monrovia get the ticket sales. Perhaps Monrovia could staff the concession stands too. Surely the TCHS and LCHS could have the courtesy to offer that in the spirit of helping out a neighboring school!

  • New York

    1) Just wait until after the football season to install the track!!! When it track season?

    2) Why bother with a neutral field? Do everything possible to maintain a homefield advantage. The games might need to be played on a Thursday or Saturday.

  • HOT ROD

    It sucks The Rov has to make changes so late in the season. Sounds strange that PHS or PCC isn’t helping them out. The first game could be played on a thursday night (Oct 21) and the second game is the same day at the Turkey Tussle, a game played at the Rose Bowl. How can they not let them use the field?

  • Goldenarm

    When Mtown and TC play, it HAS to be at either Monrovia or Temple City.

    Screw the neutral site…. I guarantee M-town fans will yell louder at TC and won’t need Mapquest to find the field. The Cats will look better under our lights than they would anywhere else….other than their home field.
    As far as concession, forget about it. It is about keeping a TC/Mtown IV drip running, even on a year where the Cats continue to distance themselves as far as level of play…as the Rams fight to get back to the level of respect they once had. We can’t even fit a extra hot dog bun into our ancient Mayan Cave of a concession stand, otherwise I am sure TC would share whatever concession cash there was.
    If we were 4-1 maybe homefield should be considered as advantageous for us. As it is now – the only advantage is peeing into a urinal you are familiar with.

    Lock the deal now with our AD and school officials – save AD Bell the stress. Cut a deal of 20% off from the construction company for their part in not understanding the football schedule and man up and eat the rest for not foreseeing this issue on the calendar.
    And lastly, we could use the green. Our “stadium” and facilities were last upgraded by Knute Rockne construction. We know M-town would do the same for us were the situations reversed.

  • Anonymous

    censorship gone amuck

  • Rio Hondo Fan

    they could always find another Rio Hondo league school that doesn’t have a home game that day.

    might i suggest playing at South Pasadena HS against TC and then at San Marino HS against LC?

  • Agent_Football

    These last games are going to prove Monrovia they are once again CIF finals caliber…

    Even though im a moors fan, Monrovia have always been a good team

  • Bob Anon

    Darn it! I was planning to watch LC play at the new Monrovia stadium. Sorry to hear about this, Wildcat fans.

    I wouldn’t mind if the game got moved to LCHS though, we’ll need all the help we can get!

  • Bob

    Things that make you go hum??? What comes 1st, the chick or the egg?? Or the field or the track???

  • Anonymous

    Rio Hondo;

    The November 12th game could work at SM, but Pasadena Poly uses the So. Pas. field on October 29th. It really is amazing how much these fields get used…between school teams, other school teams, club teams, pee wee teams, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I guess its not about the kids. It’s about money.

  • Goldenarm

    MIGUEL – CAN YOU DRAG MY COMMENT FROM THE TEETH OF THE BLOG EDITOR MACHINE?

    THANK YOU

  • Anonymous

    I believe Monrovia High Schools Football draw is one of the top 5 in the entire SGV. It would be a shame if they had to just give it away to some undeserving venue.

  • BigCat

    It has been some years since I ran from the dressing room onto Wildcat field, so I’m making some assumptions.

    What’s needed is single file wooden bridges. The bridges let the paying customers get across the field and into the visitor’s stands. The Wildcat fans should have no trouble getting to their seats in the West stands.

    The teams would maybe need separate bridges to get from the dressing rooms to the field. If not, they could use the same bridge as the visiting fans.

    The person(s) who negotiated the contact with the construction company should invoke penalty clauses and get the bridges built for free. If there are no penalty clauses, the mental deficients should be forced to repeat high school.

    JMNTHO.

  • viking fan

    That explains why we couldn’t move our friday night game from muir to monrovia.

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