NEW ORLEANS -- Friday night football will come to Metairie's professional baseball field when Zephyr Field hosts its first catholic league football game.
Wednesday, it still looked like a baseball field, but the goalposts are up, the bleachers are in place, and Zephyr Field is ready to make it's football debut.
Eight games are coming to the Metairie facility, beginning with a highly anticipated contest: John Curtis v. Brother Martin.
The John Curtis Patriots are ranked #1 in Louisiana. Brother Martin, with the high profile Swilling brothers, are definitely Superdome contenders.
It's a big enough matchup that ESPN will carry the game on its ESPN-U channel.
If not for Zephyr Field, the game might have been played on Saturday.
“It’s two things,” said Cookie Rojas, Zephyr’s General Manager. “One, we want to be a good community partner. We listened, they told us they need a field to play and there’s a shortage of fields down here. So we saw it as an opportunity to provide kids a place to play and an opportunity to introduce new fans who haven’t been to the park in years. I mean, any business person, you’re in the operation of generating revenue. This is an opportunity for us to utilize the venue for an additional revenue generating event.”
Rojas promises better food choices than most people are used to at high school football games and more comfortable seats.
He calls it a win-win for both Zephyr Field and the Catholic League.
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