The Waianae football team is no longer homeless.
The Seariders played every game on the road last year while their bleachers were fixed up. They played well, and won as many as they lost, but were robbed of a true homecoming game. This year homecoming is scheduled for the last week of the season against Kapolei.
“It really didn’t bother the kids much,” Waianae coach Daniel Matsumoto said. “But this will be a lot easier on the fans, I think it got to be kind of a hassle for them to travel to the games every week.”
Waianae opens its season Aug. 9 against Farrington and hosts Moanalua, Mililani and Waipahu. Expect a packed house for each of them, although nothing to approach the reported 15,000 the small stadium on the beach hosted in the 1970s when Waianae and Kamehameha ruled prep football.
A few pictures of the field follow; it looks the same as it did back then.
UPDATE: Aug. 9, 2013:
The new bleachers were packed for Waianae’s opener against Farrington, here are some photos of the field from the JV game. Waianae won that one 20-14.