Burr and Burton will host a field hockey state championship game at Judy McCormick Taylor Field on Oct. 31. Applejack Stadium will also serve host for the soccer state championships on Nov. 7.
Field hockey state championships are typically held at the University of Vermont, where teams compete on Moulton Winder Field.
With the coronavirus, colleges are not opening their facilities to outside groups at this time. That forced the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) to look for different venues to host the title games.
BBA athletic director Dave Miceli said bringing a state championship game was a product of BBA and the VPA working together.
Miceli spoke with VPA associate executive director Bob Johnson about the possibility of hosting a state championship game.
Judy McCormick Taylor Field is one of just three high school turf fields. The other two, Burlington and South Burlington, are also host sites. Playing on turf, especially late in the season, is a big plus in the VPA’s eyes.
BBA has hosted semifinal matches before, but never a field hockey state championship.
“We’re really excited to have the opportunity, certainly it’s a great facility,” Miceli said. “In a normal year, it’s great, and it’s an honor. This year, this is the way things can happen and we’re happy to be part of the solution.”
Miceli wants those who will be coming to Manchester to watch the state championship game to appreciate the facility. In terms of whether or not BBA will host future state championship matches at Judy McCormick Taylor Field, Miceli is leaving that up to the VPA.
“The VPA is aware of the facility and all that it offers,” Miceli said. “But there’s a lot that goes into the decision making about where they can host their state championship games.”
“Whatever the process is, we certainly like to host high-ability events. We’re really proud of our facility, and we think that when people come see it in person, they’ll appreciate it as well.”
The possibility of Burr and Burton hosting a state championship on their home field is there, as of now.
“The site of the championship location will be determined as we get closer to semi-finals. The highest seeded team will be given consideration for which site will be used,” according to an email from Johnson.
As of Wednesday, BBA field hockey is in second place in Division II with a 6-1 record.
The Bulldogs will host the winner of Thursday’s No. 7 Otter Valley and No. 10 Middlebury contest on Saturday at 11 a.m.