I elected not to meet up at TGI Friday's with everyone before the game, so I have no idea what happened. My parents invited my husband and I over, and I choose to spend the first part of the night with them and then walk from their house (right near FWBHS) to the stadium since I wasn't sure what parking would be like.
Right around kickoff time, it began to rain slightly. We decided to wait a few minutes for the rain to taper off a little. It did and we grabbed a few umbrellas and began our walk. Within a minute or so, the rain picked up...then it picked up some more...and some more...and...before we reached FWBHS, we were completely soaked despite our use of large golf umbrellas. The rain was flying in sideways and the wind was blowing rather harshly. Before we got there, lightning struck a few times and the game was called off before I could even get close enough to see the field. Sadly, we began our drenched walk home.
After getting back to the house and drying off, I talked to a few friends that had the foresight not to go because of the rain. I hung out with my parents for a few hours before finding out the game re-started somewhere around 10:00 p.m. Though the rain was long gone, I elected to drive over to the game so I could see the new stadium and astroturf field. I got there near the end of the third quarter. The score was 12-7, East Gadsden. Though the Vikes tried hard, they did not prevail and that was also the ending score. Disappointing.
My take on the stadium? It's nice that FWBHS now has its own stadium. I think having astroturf will in time provide the Vikings with a unique homefield advantage since they'll be used to playing on it. There is no track circling the football field. I found this rather odd. However, the absence of a track puts the bleachers right on top of the sidelines. You can hear everything the players (and coaches) along the sidelines are saying during the game. It's actually close enough for a crazed football players parent to get into a physical altercation with the coach for yelling at his son (especially since you can hear the coaches).
The bleachers are different from before, but not drastically different. Yes, even though the seats are red. The seats are after all, still metal, in the same location as before, and don't appear capable to hold enough people for the Choctaw FWB game...let alone parking for that game.