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Football shuttle to continue

September 15, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Fitch football shuttle service served fans well for the Poland-Fitch home game so the school system has decided it will continue to give options for Falcon fans and opponents.

The shuttle service was initiated during the Falcon opening home football game against Poland. According to Austintown Athletic Director Rob Conklin, both Austintown and Poland fans were using it.

“We had 44 people take advantage of the service during the Poland game,” Conklin said. “Some of them were Poland fans.”

He said the shuttle plan was worked out to compensate for the construction that is taking place on the west side of the Fitch campus. In past years, the soccer fields were used for parking, but they are now unavailable. For home football games, the district had to come up with a plan to make up for the loss of parking.

“I approached K-Mart and the folks there were very cooperative,” Conklin said. “We appreciate their quick response in working with us.”

He said K-Mart agreed to allow parking in their lot and and three school buses operated to bring fans to and from the game. Conklin said it was a big success and the plans call for continuing it for the balance of home football games this year. He added that the shuttle service will more than likely continue in 2012 as well.

For the Poland game, fans were permitted to park at Watson and Frank Ohl and walk through the construction site. That will not be an option shortly as Conklin said the project calls for digging a six-foot trench across Falcon Drive. When that happens, there would be no access from the Watson/Frank Ohl parking lots.

Conklin also noted that two buses would be running during the games. One for Falcon fans that will deliver fans to the AMS gate and the away team shuttle will stop at the visitor’s gate in the north circle. Both will start running to the K-Mart parking lot from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

“All fans are urged to take advantage of this free service,” Conklin said.


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