Friday night lights bathed the synthetic turf and spirits were high as the OPRF Huskies played their first home night game in the 85-year history of Oak Park Stadium (built in 1924 at a cost of $110,000). The cost of the lights, by the way, recently installed, was $172,000. The 2002 stadium renovation price tag was $1.5 million. The high school printed up a nice commemorative program.
The stands were packed. Many of those in attendance (which included most, if not all, of the village board) were likely first-timers who will never be back unless the Huskies start winning more games. They lost this one 31-12 to a highly ranked Glenbard West team.
It could have been worse, but it also could have been better.
While the team’s performance may have left something to be desired, the halftime show was terrific. The marching band, under the direction of Anthony Svejda, played what may be the first all-classical halftime program. Titled “A Classical Renovation,” the show included several movements from Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Neo-Toccata, Modern Ayre and Fugue Fantasia). The marching was pretty inventive, too.
If that didn’t make us forget about the scoreboard, then the OPRF Drill Team’s “Can-Can” routine, ending with two dozen girls doing the splits, certainly did.