It’s been more than awhile since Al Torco saw several buildings dedicated on the campus of Farrington High School.
The auditorium. The fieldhouse, now called Kitamura Gymnasium.
The longtime assistant football coach beamed with pride on Wednesday afternoon as the Governors practiced on their new synthetic field for the first time.
“I hope I live long enough to see this field dedicated,” Torco said.
Skippa Diaz Stadium is not expected to be ready for game play until the fall of 2017. Bleachers and a track have yet to be built. But the football team won’t have to endure injuries from practicing on lumpy grass and dirt patches near and far.
The excitement was uncontainable.
“I didn’t expect to see them running in circles on this field. They’re running for joy,” longtime head coach Randall Okimoto said. “So many people were involved in making this happen.”
The Govs will possibly host scrimmages at the field this summer.
Not only did current players have spring practice on Tuesday, but recent graduates now on break from college football were there working out, including Montana Liana.