Middletown’s Faller Field is hosting the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Eastern State semifinals this weekend and is eager “to roll out the red carpet” for everyone in attendance.
“Ten years ago, we started hosting high level sporting events with the intentions of highlighting our wonderful athletic facilities, Middletown athletic director David Coates said. “Our hard work, determination and grit have paid off. The East Semifinals is a huge event for us to host. We will roll out the red carpet again, just like we have for previous state championships.”
Faller Field, which opened in 2008, will host five state semifinal football games this weekend. Union-Endicott High School, located near Binghamton, will host the West Semifinals. Here is the schedule at Faller:
- Class D: Millbrook vs. Cambridge, 4 p.m.
- Class A: Burnt Hills vs. Yorktown, 8 p.m.
- Class C: Burke Catholic vs. Holy Trinity, 11 a.m.
- Class B: Pleasantville-Glens Falls, 3 p.m.
- Class AA: Troy-Newburgh, 7 p.m.
The Eastern State Semifinals are the latest NYSPHSAA championship which Faller Field will host. The sparkling facility has hosted the boys’ state soccer semifinals and championship games since 2010 and have also hosted the boys’ lacrosse and outdoor track and field championships. Dietz Stadium and Shenendehowa High School in Albany also put in bids for the Eastern state football semifinals in 2017 and 2018.
Dietz had held the Eastern State Semifinals for the last 24 years.
“I think this is going to be a great opportunity for not only Middletown, but the entire community,” Robert Zayas, Executive Director of NYSPHSAA. “This is an historic event. I think Faller Field is an absolutely incredible facility and David Coates does such a wonderful job with all of the events that Middletown hosts. What they have done with the soccer championships has been huge and I’m excited about the Eastern semifinals being at Faller.”
The different state championships at Middletown have generated millions of dollars annually for Orange County’s economy over the past decade.
“The economic impact and recognition for our school and community are very significant,” Coates said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and volunteers, as they have worked so unbelievably hard to provide a first-class championship experience for all of our visitors at Faller Field. I truly believe it is our customer service that sets us apart from other championship venues.”