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One man's dump is another man's treasure

Joe Centers • Jan 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Iconic 

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of an icon.

Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.

WORDS RELATED TO ICONIC

archetypal, exemplary, epochal, paradigmatic, quintessential, recognizable, ideal, representative, classical, prototypical, supreme, seminal, important, historic, traditional.

Sports Editor Mark Hazelwood and I got into a lively debate recently about the use of the word “iconic.”

I called Whitney Field iconic in a recent editorial. Mark took exception.

He said, “that place needs a LOT of work before we call it iconic.”

The boys on WLKR’s The Locker Room Show were talking Saturday morning and Mark Lane called Whitney Field “unique.”

I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

There has been a lot written recently about Whitney Field. The two schools in town are working together to make improvements both with a new turf field and track. Hopefully, more improvements will come with the parking lot, scoreboard, restrooms and press box.

Just last week the Norwalk City Schools board of education approved a new name for the complex. It will be called Contractor Stadium.

This follows the naming of the Fisher-Titus Track after Fisher-Titus Medical Center made a $100,000 donation.

Josh Schlotterer, Norwalk High School director of student activities, declined to say the number of contractors involved in the stadium naming rights, but said there were “many discussions with many different people.”

“There are other negotiations ongoing,” he added, referring to further naming rights and donations at the Warren C. Whitney Complex.

Whitney Field has seen so many great football games over the years and is the home to the 1974 Norwalk High School and 2009 St. Paul High School state championship teams.

Some people will say let it go. Let’s move on and build something new.

They do it all of the time in professional sports. Once a stadium reaches 25 year old, it’s time for a new one — something bigger and better.

When I said “iconic” I looked at the words related to “iconic” and I saw historic and traditional.

They tore down Municipal Stadium in the early 1990s in Cleveland. Now that place was a dump.

What about Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago? Those stadiums should stand forever.

Sometimes historic trumps a dump.

I’m glad they are keeping Whitney Field. I covered the Norwalk Truckers for 20 years and never saw a winning season, but I still have many great memories.

I remember in 2009 when the Truckers beat Upper Sandusky on week No. 10 to finish 1-9. Five weeks later the Flyers celebrated their state championship on the field.

Long live Whitney Field.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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