BPS high school football teams get punted

So it looks like Boston Public Schools high school football teams will have to find a new place to practice and play. After much-needed renovations, White Stadium will become the future home for a women’s professional soccer team.

When the new and improved stadium is unveiled in 2026, football games and practices will be prohibited during soccer season – from roughly March to November. The rule is in place to protect the field’s natural grass and was announced by city officials early this week.

According to the Boston Globe, Mayor Michelle Wu has pledged to renovate the long-neglected and decaying stadium in Franklin Park in partnership with the NWSL expansion team’s ownership group. The city’s cost could approach $50 million.

Although the stadium will be used by other BPS student-athletes who participate in soccer and track, football will have to find another field to practice and play, which could further impact the future of BPS football teams.  The Globe reports that enrollment in football has been declining.  Only seven BPS schools fielded varsity football teams this year: BLA, BLS, Brighton, East Boston, English, O’Bryant, and TechBoston. Other schools have closed or consolidated like Charlestown, Madison Park, and South Boston. 

You can read all the details here. 


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