Tech Boston Academy football team set to hit improved Robert's Field Friday night in first home game
(Justin A. Rice /For the Boston Globe)
Players on the Tech Boston Academy football team will take to their home field in Dorchester Friday night like other high school teams across the country, but unlike some this will be the first time they can call the field just outside their classrooms home.
Roberts Field, the 225,000 square-foot green expanse located next to the school, recently received a number of upgrades both through the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and private donations through ESPN and its Rise Up program.
Prior to the upgrades the Dorchester Bears considered White Stadium in Franklin Park their home turf and have never played an official game on the field, which is bordered by Dunbar Avenue.
“It’s certainly a big day for us,” said Rich Moran, head coach of the football team, which includes students from the Tech Boston Academy as well as Dorchester Academy.
With more than $2.8-million in renovations made to the field, the community around the school and its youth athletes now have something to call their own.
“There’s never been a home game at the school and it’s something we’ve been looking forward to,” said Moran. “It’s beyond exciting.”
From improved drainage and lighting to the installation of an artificial turf field, there’s no doubt the field is now one of the best in the city, fitting for a team that went 10-1 last year.
“It gives us a sense of community,” Moran said. “We’re from Dorcehster and this is where we now play, to have it all at the school is a fairy tale.”
The field may be a big boost to the 36 students that make up the team’s varsity and junior varsity squads, but Moran said aside from the field the only thing on the player’s minds is football.
“We’re going to do what we do,” said Moran. “We have a lot of senior leadership this year so we can move a little more quickly and our schemes are a little more complicated.”
Along with the football field the park also hosts a cricket field, track, playground, soccer field, football field, baseball field, and softball field all of which are heavily used by residents.
“We just hope the people show up and the community gets involved,” said Moran. “We want this field to be bigger than the school.”
The Bears will take on Boston Latin Academy Friday at 6p.m. at the new field located on Dunbar Avenue in Dorchester.
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