We all know it, there's no place like a home game and after a drought scare, the Florence High School football team thought they wouldn't have one for a long time. But things have really turned around in the past week.
The mud trail into Stampede Stadium is a good sign for the Florence Buffaloes. It means they'll have their first home game after all.
"The home games are a lot more exciting," said Jillian Brewer, who plays percussion in the high school band. She's happy
to see that the football field has changed a lot in the past week.
"The field's a different spot now. We've got mud and it's soft and we're able to practice on it and play on it," said Florence ISD Athletic Director, Paul Smith.
The field was dry and filled with holes last week but after to 3 inches
of rain it's green. You can tell by the marks in the mud, it's
finally safe to play on.
And now that the city lowered its water shortage conditions to level 4, the city voted to give the school a water variance. That will allow the school to water the field Monday through Friday at night.
"It's very important to the community, it's something that we all enjoy and it means a lot to the city," said Florence Interim Director of Public Works, Wayne Bonnet.
And it means a lot to Jillian too. "The
entire town pretty much comes out to see it so it's a lot of fun,
everyone gets really pumped up and there's just a lot of energy to
it," she said.
Through the variance the city is allowing the high school to use water from the well which then goes into this water cannon that will evenly distribute 10,000 gallons of water onto the field.
Florence High School will play that first home game against Rosebud-Lott on August 31st.