For only the second time in school history, the Big Bear High School football team will host a night game, as the Bears will take on Rio Hondo Prep at 7 p.m. at Big Bear Middle School. And the buzz for the game is hard to ignore.
“It’s the talk of the town right now,” Big Bear head coach Dave Griffiths said. “The kids are excited, the people in town are excited, everyone is looking forward to this.”
The only other time the Bears have played at night was November 17, 2006, when the Bears hosted Anza Hamilton in the first-round of the CIF-SS East Valley playoffs because Hamilton didn’t want to play Saturday. The Bears whipped Hamilton 42-12 on a chilly night en route to the CIF title.
This night game is completely voluntary, as the Bears will rent lights and bring them in for what they anticipate will be a standing-room only crowd. It’s the opportunity to draw more fans that had them give the green light on the night game.
“In these economic times with the budgets we have, you have to do whatever you can to increase the gate and bring in revenue,” Griffiths said. “Being a resort town, we have a lot of people who work Saturday afternoons and have a hard time attending our games. Hopefully this will bring them out.”