“We had to move our varsity football games because we do not have enough bleachers to accommodate the crowds. Once our zoning issues are resolved we plan to play all varsity games here at McNicholas,” Athletic Director Rob Heise said.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams, and the freshmen and reserve footballs teams have continued to play on the field since crowd capacity hasn’t historically been an issue for these teams.
Senior running back Dillon Stanfield said, “It hurts a little and is harder to deal with the fact we can’t play here; however, it doesn’t matter where we play as long as we are playing the game we love.”
In the spring and summer of 2010,the Project Paradise Committee helped raised the money that was necessary to complete Phase I after receiving a sizable donation from Jeff Osterfeld, Class of 1978, to begin the project.
Building started early in 2010 to put the turf field in Paradise. By the 2010-2011 school year, McNick changed its grass field in Paradise, into a state-of-the-art, multipurpose turf football field complete with goal posts and a scoreboard.
On October 16, 2010, the McNicholas Varsity Football Team played an afternoon game on its new field against Purcell-Marian to celebrate Homecoming.This was possible because bleachers were rented for this special inaugural game.
Although the 2010 Homecoming game was held on Paradise’s field, the home games that followed were either played at Anderson or Turpin High Schools.
The Varsity Football Team is still traveling two miles down Beechmont Avenue to play home games at Anderson High School because McNick hasn’t received the necessary zoning permits to install thebleachers and press box, which have already been donated.
“I feel sorry for the seniors because they wanted to play at home,” assistant coach Steve Klonne said. “I can’t wait, though, for the issue to be resolved because the field will look really nice when it is completed.”