You can tell by the fireworks at halftime that the homecoming football game Friday at Hamburg Central’s Howe Field is more than a homecoming game, and more than the traditional Paw vs. the Claw rivalry between the Hamburg Bulldogs and the crosstown Frontier Falcons.
That’s the day the school district will dedicate the new entrance to Howe Field on Legion Drive with a ribbon-cutting at about 5:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the homecoming parade. A distinctive concrete purple “H” greets visitors walking up to the impressive brick column entry, which features new signage and ticket booths.
The Hamburg Bulldogs Booster Club donated $70,800 for the new entrance, and the district’s buildings and grounds crew worked on the project. An honorary “first ticket” mounted on a keepsake brick paver will be presented to Keith Fisher, president of the Hamburg Alumni Foundation, for his support of the schools.
The entrance way will continue to evolve as commemorative brick pavers are added to the walkway in coming years. The pavers are to be installed annually, starting next year.
The homecoming parade starts at Union Pleasant Elementary School at 5 p.m., going down Hawkins and Highland avenues to Division Street and Legion Drive to Howe Field. The football game starts at 7 p.m., and food trucks will be on-site.