Memorial Field ready for home scrimmages Friday night

Although the first regular season home game isn’t until Sept. 6, State College High School will play its first varsity and junior varsity games on the new Memorial Field turf in a pair of scrimmages Friday night.

Both State College teams host Altoona in their second scrimmages this preseason.

A section of bleachers was closed after a sinkhole opened last September. State College completed work on the sinkhole in May. The roughly $3 million project includes a collection system under the field to route water to the sinkhole.

Memorial Field’s turf was replaced.

“The new turf is in great shape, and we’ve heard only positive comments from the coaching staff,” Ed Poprick, physical plant director at the school, said in a news release Friday. “We expect players on both teams to have a great experience during the scrimmage.”

Construction will continue on the retaining wall and bleacher complex, but the field has been used for practice since mid-August. Fans are being asked to sit in the east bleacher section Friday, which is generally for the home team.

Temporary bleachers also will be installed on the west side by Monday, Poprick said.

Sidewalk and roadwork on Fraser Street continues beyond the Sept. 6 home opener, but school officials said that will not affect the district’s ability to host home games.