Railer football season-opener rescheduled for August 26
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[August 26, 2023]
Springfield -- The Lincoln Community High School Railer
football team must wait a day--or at least a few hours--to play its
opening game of the season. The team’s game against Lanphier High
School at Memorial Stadium was postponed due to inclement weather.
The rescheduled contest will take place August 26 at 11 AM at
Memorial Stadium in Springfield. It was announced at the stadium
Friday night that tickets purchased by attendees for the Friday
night contest would be honored Saturday.
Although the original 7 PM start time of the Friday night contest
was pushed back a half hour in an effort for the weather to cool
off, the first sign that revised start time was in jeopardy was seen
when both teams stepped onto the field. While a few had their
helmets on, most of the players wore none of their protective pads
and only T-shirts and shorts rather than their game uniforms. Given
that this scene took place shortly before 7 PM, it was apparent the
game would not start on time.
A safety monitoring device used at the field to measure conditions
and make sure the conditions were safe for the athletes to play
indicated it was unsafe at game time. The athletes warmed up a bit
before returning to their locker rooms to await the signal to play.
In the meantime, the temperature and humidity dropped only slightly.
The storm that hit Lincoln did not produce any rain in Springfield,
but the winds at Memorial Stadium picked up and significant
lightning was visible. At around 7:50 PM, spectators were instructed
to leave the seating and the metal bleacher area due to concerns
about lightning. As the attendees made their way to safety in an
adjacent building, the teams and officials remained in their
respective locker rooms in the hopes conditions would allow the game
to be played Friday night.
At around 9 PM, the officials emerged and met to discuss the
situation with personnel from both schools. It was decided that, due
to the lingering storms with visible lightning in the area, the best
course of action was to postpone the game. Illinois High School
Association rules require that teams must wait 30 minutes after any
lightning is seen before they can take the field; if lightning is
spotted in the interim, the clock resets and the teams must wait 30
minutes from that point.
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In front of the empty bleachers cleared
due to lighting concerns, officials at Memorial Stadium in
Springfield meet prior to announcing their decision to postpone the
LCHS Railer football season opening game versus Lanphier. The
contest will take place August 26 at 11 AM.
Giving the amount of visible lightning present at 9
PM, it appeared it would be a significant time until 30
lightning-free minutes would pass. After that, both teams would have
needed time to take the field and warm up again prior to the start
of the game.
The game was to have been the “Friday night rivals” game of the
week on the CW23 television station from Springfield. The
rescheduling of the contest made CW23 unable to televise the game.
However, those who can not attend the game will be able to listen
and watch courtesy of WLCN 96.3 FM in rural Atlanta. Those in the
listening area can tune in on their radio, while folks outside the
FM broadcast area can listen on computer/smart phone/tablet by using
the Mixlr app/web site to receive WLCN’s broadcast. In addition,
WLCN will provide live video stream coverage via its YouTube
channel. To access the online audio or video stream, go to the
WLCNOnline.com home page and click the Watch live or Listen live