The Stadium High School football team has ordered 86 new shoulder pads after the entire program’s pads were ruined in Saturday’s flooding at Stadium Bowl, but the team is planning to play Friday’s game against Timberline at South Sound Stadium in Lacey, said coach Thomas Ford.
Stadium has received girdles and knee pads from Jason Lee Middle School, where the Tigers practiced Tuesday with players wearing either shorts or sweat pants. Most had cleats, but some had to wear tennis shoes.
The team wasn’t able to practice Monday, but instead held a film session.
Stadium will play the rest of its home games in Lincoln Bowl at Lincoln High School after Saturday’s flood damaged Stadium’s home field and ruined equipment left in the team’s locker room located on the field level.
“I hate that our seniors won’t be able to play their senior night at home, but our guys are road warriors,” Ford said. “This is a mentally tough group of guys so I feel like they are just going to roll with the punches.”
Ford said the shoulder pads are scheduled to arrive Wednesday before practice and that coaches from Tacoma’s other public schools — Foss, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma and Wilson — reached out to donate pads if the team needed.
Friday is Timberline’s homecoming game.
Ford said that Sports Authority will donate cleats to players who lost theirs to the flood, though Stadium has reached out to the University of Washington to get cleats for players — such as some of their linemen — who would have to special order cleats.
The Stadium football booster club created a Stadium Flood Fund through Columbia Bank for those who wish to offer donations.
The team also lost about 10 helmets, Ford said, but the team had enough of a back stock to compensate. Ford took inventory of the lost equipment Tuesday.
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