Bleachers get mixed reviewsPublished 11:00am Thursday, September 19, 2013
Before the season began, many wondered how spectators would respond to the temporary solution to the Kennedy Secondary Football Stadium’s home bleachers being structurally unsafe.
Would fans still be able to witness Fergus Falls Otter football the way they have in the past? What would they do for a P.A. system? How would they run the scoreboard?
With the Fergus Falls football team hosting its third home game this season against Sauk Rapids-Rice, The Journal caught up with several fans and asked them their opinion on the bleachers. There was a mixed reaction over the temporary setup.
“I think it’s a disgrace to the seniors that they have to play on the field,” former Otter running back Hayden Zenner said. “We all grew up wanting to play under the lights, in front of a packed stadium. Now, those seniors will be unable to experience that feeling.”
Alex Lee, a 2005 graduate of Fergus Falls, likes the temporary change. “It gives fans a new perspective on the game. I think it will add to the environment of the stadium on Friday nights to see it from the south side.”
Holly Bjerke, mother of two, had found initial issue with the safety of the stadium.
“It’s concerning,” she said. “If I had children old enough to spend time there by themselves, I would want them to be safe.”
Bjerke has not been to a game this year, but has heard from several people that the setup isn’t ideal, but it works for now.
In the two games played at home, the south side bleachers have fit most of the fans in attendance. The ove across the field to the “visitors” side has allowed fans a different perspective and put the visiting fans on the temporary bleachers. With events, such as Otter Pride Night, fans were able to be more centrally located to the action taking place around the field then in previous years.
Fergus Falls Athletic Director Gary Schuler said that fans still miss the tradition of sitting on the north side, but there hasn’t been a lot of complaints. Schuler did mention that the true test is still ahead. “I think the big test will come when we play Moorhead for Homecoming onOctober 4th. If the weather is nice, we could be busting at the seams.”