South Philadelphia community concerned over Super Site

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - November 19, 2010

It was the subject of a community meeting Friday night.

The kids wanted to play Friday night lights. But instead they're getting daylight.

The Class AA City Title Final between Bok-Tech and West Catholic that was supposed to be played under the lights at the South Philadelphia Super Site will now take place Saturday morning at 11:00am.

Field attendant Mark McDonald is not expecting the same numbers in the new time slot.

"They're charging $10 a head, and they're shouldn't be much of a crowd anyway," said McDonald.

But the daytime game-time move is one the South Philadelphia Community Civic Association fought for in the facility they say is overbooked.

"They've been playing football at the super site my entire life. We've never had problems like we're having now," said McDonald.

The South Philadelphia Civic Association meeting was called to talk about strengthening their group, but one of the ongoing issues here is the Super Site.

Neighbors took pictures of the graffiti, vandalism, in the surrounding community they say took place after different night games this season.

"Stolen bikes, people defecating in alley, taking decorations and destroying them," said Carmen D'Amato. "We are at a point now where we would like to have them schedule it at a time that's convenient for us if they act up in our community."

Community members stress they're not opposed to the athletes, but believe there need to be stronger measures in place for when spectators fan out to the surrounding community.

"The misconception is that we don't want the super site. The kids playing football, the moms and dads are not a problem, but it's the element of coming down to watch the game and coming outside that's the problem," said Rich Cedrone.

Action News reached out to both schools involved with Saturday's playoff game that was supposed to take place Friday night, but no one was available for comment.

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