This year’s annual high school football game between Pickerington Central and Pickerington North will now be played at Gahanna Lincoln High School.
District officials decided to move the game, which was scheduled to be played at Central’s Tiger Stadium, due to the field’s poor condition.
A large amount of rain and the fact that the field sits on a floodplain, have contributed to its deterioration.
“It’s just taken a beating this year,” said David Ball, a district spokesman.
Ball said there was discussion of moving the game to Pickerington North, an idea school leaders chose not to pursue.
“I think the high schools both felt that having a neutral field without a home-field advantage was fair,” he said.
Several of Central’s students have said they are disappointed that the game will be moved, however they are still excited for Friday’s matchup.
“We’re going to have a great turnout,” said Alexa Northrop. “No matter how far away it is, it could be in Indiana and we’ll still make it, honestly.”
Tickets will be available at both schools during normal office hours and at Central’s volleyball game, on Thursday.