By Mike McCann
For months now, students have been trying to convince other students, faculty members and people in the community that the fields on which Hornet athletes currently play are inferior those of most high schools. But with May 6 looming — the final Hornet game of any sport that calls the Angell Field complex home — will high school complexes soon become home to the Hornet athletes?
One of the main questions for the student athletes that use those facilities on a daily basis is, what happens until then? Better put, what place will the student athletes call home during their season, no matter what the sport?
Some athletes have gotten a head start on the process of adjustment, and some will soon face the ugly reality that next year is going to be, by all means of the word, makeshift.
There can be no question that not knowing where you will play, or even having a field that you can use for both practices and games, can be detrimental to an athlete’s psyche.
The Hornet Baseball team has now played 30 games as they enter the last week of their season, with six of those played in Kalamazoo. It gives the actual home team the advantage of comfort to know that they play and practice on the same field at least half the season. It would certainly be very tough to travel every single week and weekend to play a home game.
But at the end of the day, sports are still sports, and the athletes still have the opportunity to play. It will be frustrating, yes, but the end result of having new facilities certainly outweighs the unavoidable nuisances that a year of uncertainty will bring.