On a usual Saturday in the fall, high school football players are recuperating from doing battle the night before, but at least for the season opener this year, area players will be preparing for that first game on Saturday — and licking their wounds on Sunday.
The Hillsborough County Public Schools Athletics Office announced last week all high school football games originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, will now be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. This is because of the Republican National Convention that will take over Tampa that week and a fear that law enforcement resources will be spread too thin to patrol games as well as handle their responsibilities with the RNC.
This comes after the Hillsborough County School District announced in June that no sporting events would be held the week of the convention.
Looks like it will be Saturday Night Lights for week one.
This shouldn’t change much when it comes to the teams preparing for season-opening games. It will be the first game of the season for Plant City, Durant and Strawberry Crest, so no school will have an advantage when in comes to preparation. If anything, it could benefit the teams, giving players Friday afternoon to go through walk-throughs or study film or even take the day off to get plenty of rest for Saturday’s games.
I’m sure the players also will enjoy being able to sleep in on game day, opposed to waking up early and sitting in class all day.
What this date change may affect is game attendance. Only one area school — Strawberry Crest — opens the season at home (against Plant City; Durant travels to Freedom High in Tampa), so it will be interesting to see how gate revenues are affected. Sept. 1 happens to be the first weekend of college football.
This change also gives an interesting early storyline to a season that should be full of them. In a way, it is almost as if the first week of games is on a “special night,” much like the college games played on any day other than Saturday. This can mean a lot to a high school player who may never get the opportunity to have that experience.“>http://kondicionerov.ru/srochno-nuzhni-dengi-chto-delat.php