As Newell Stadium renewal continues I couldn't help but notice the bright red aluminum panels that trim the bleachers. Red was the school's colors in the 50's and 60's and in the early 1970's football coach Bob Yates was hired. Yates a one time Boston Patriot had been an assistant coach at Harvard and brought the crimson color with him. As I took some shots with the sun high above the red shows very bright, late afternoon shots it darkens almost to crimson. But I'm pretty sure the red will pop under the lights of a night game. Whatever the color this new athletic field is going to be something, gone are the warped stands, gone are the pot holes in the undersized track and gone is the field of salty mud!
Gloucester's Newell Stadium in 2009, the way it was.
From the banks of the Annisquam River.
Press box 2009.
New press box awaits installation.
Bulldozer at work.
Visitors bleachers yet to be built.
Bright red bleachers!
Grading the new track base.
Warped stands in 2009!
No warping here!
Wood ties used to support bleachers 2009.
Ramp to the press box.
Field ready for artificial turf.
Late afternoon as the red darkens.
A closer look of the trim.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!