Where should Joliet Steelmen play football?
Joliet Central Principal John Randich said he's heard all three sides. There's folks that want football games to be played at Joliet Memorial Stadium where the games used to be held until the schools combined teams.
Others think Joliet Central needs its own football field, bleachers, concession stand and lockers - just like Joliet West High School.
Then, others want the games to be held at Silver Cross Field. The big problem with Silver Cross Field is the price tag of $2,500 per game even after the upgrades the district puts in.
With the creation of two sports teams at both campuses, the district proposed installing artificial turf at Silver Cross Field in order to play games there. The district expects to pay $2.2 million to put in the artificial turf and for other improvements at the stadium.
In March, the JackHammers told the district it would cost $2,500 to use the field per day - the same amount charged to anyone else who would rent out the field. However, University of St. Francis which pays $2,100 per game as part of its long-term agreement.
Superintendent Paul Swanstrom said it's not fair that the district pay that amount. And, now the decision to come up with a cheaper rental fee is in the hands of the City of Joliet which owns the field and rents it out to the JackHammers.
What do you think - where should the Steelmen play football?