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.”
“Not getting anywhere there,” Bell said.
“They already told me they’re not available.”
“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?