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BHS Stadium Closed After Sandy Mangles Bleachers

Hurricane Sandy descended on Connecticut with gusts recorded as high as 85 mph, wreaking havoc across the state and knocking out power to more than 80 percent of Brookfield. Readers sent in photos of downed trees and folded trampolines, but the most shocking were shots of the Brookfield High School (BHS) stadium away bleachers twisted and folded by the wind.

The school administration has suspended use of the main field and track while the damage is assessed and repaired, however that might take some time, according to BHS principal Joseph Palumbo.

The district has filed a claim with their insurance company but with restoration work going on all over the state, as Palumbo pointed out, Brookfield’s claim is currently a low priority. The insurance carrier has yet to assess the damage, so cost estimates are currently unavailable.

Palumbo said the district also plans to have the home bleachers on the opposite side of the field assessed by a structural engineer to ensure they’re safe.

As far as he could tell, “the wind came down the hill and up just the right way that the bleachers acted like a sail,” Palumbo said.

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The field closure might eventually affect the SWC playoffs, however this week’s matches have all been postponed for at least another week.

“The event itself [Sandy] had a pretty big effect on the whole SWC,” Palumbo said. “Many of the schools are closed for the week.”

The various athletic directors from each of the conference schools (including Brookfield AD Chris McDougal) will be meeting Thursday at Bunnell to compare notes and coordinate the postseason.  

Kelly November 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thank You LFerrara! I agree with you 100% and more if i could. There are so many working so hard, and most people are gracious and understanding. It is the few petty and selfish who yell the loudest that give people a bad name.
Steven DeVaux November 05, 2012 at 02:00 AM
The Jerry Friedrich bleachers? That matching the Jerry Friedrich articifical turf field that was done three times and finally fixed. Those bleachers? Or was it the Chip Brown bleachers that the Municipal Bulox Committee did?
Steven DeVaux November 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Kelly, That's why it's called accountability. In terms of the trampolines, it means that the Athletic Director and High School Principal failed....that's the word....failed....to properly store and safeguard school property. Had they been in the building, perhaps in the gymasium, then nothing would have happened to them.
Steven DeVaux November 05, 2012 at 02:06 AM
...Howard Lasser was eating donuts. So what?
Steven DeVaux November 05, 2012 at 02:07 AM
CL&P knows. There is a lot of deadbeats in that section of town.

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