CHATHAM, NJ - Heeding the warning of Chatham High School Athletic Boosters President Robert Barnett, the school district is taking action to accommodate the large crowd expected for Chatham's state football semifinal set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Field.
Barnett came before the board of education on Monday night to inform the district of the anticipated crowd that will show up for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 semifinal game between West Essex (6-4) and Chatham (8-2).
On Wednesday, two sets of additional bleachers had been added to the visitor's side of Cougar Field and two more were added in the proximity of the concession stand on the home side. There also were two more sets of bleachers sitting in the parking lot ready for placement.
Barnett said he expected fans from top-seeded Cranford, whose team plays Friday night, Cougar Nation fans, and followers of West Essex to descend on Cougar Field for the game.
Chatham has not played a home state playoff football game in 31 years, since Chatham Borough won the town's only state football title in 1984 in a game played on what is now known as Haas Field.