Orange bowl: There’s danger at stadium

Talk about having a home-field disadvantage. For years, many in Fredonia have looked the other way when it comes to the beloved Orange Bowl. But do not kid yourself, it is a dangerous venue.

In what has become one of the oldest and outdated stadiums in the region, the Fredonia school board appears ready to approve the repairs to the home bleachers at a cost of $39,000 on Tuesday.

That does not fix, however, the rest of the problems. There is no handicap access. There’s no working restrooms. And, if it rains, the field is a disaster.

Years ago, a group came forward hoping to have a new facility. It never materialized.

Because of the repairs, this week’s high school football opener against Newfane will be played in Brocton — a much better and updated facility.

Fredonia’s Orange Bowl stadium has plenty of sentimental value. But when it comes to hosting sporting events, fans — and visitors — are rarely left with a winning feeling.