The Desert Valley League football game between Palm Springs and Palm Desert was forced to another location late Friday afternoon when small chunks of tempered-type glass were located on the football field at Ralph Watt Stadium.
The discovery was made when the Aztecs and Indians freshman teams were warming up at approximately 4 p.m. The freshman contest takes place before the varsity game.
“The glass in the material can better be described as ‘small chunks’ and there is absolutely no suspicion of any foul play or prank-related to this incident,” said Palm Springs Unified School District communications manager Joan Boiko. “The discovery was in the soil amendment spread over the Palm Springs High football field earlier this week.”
In other words, it was part of the fertilizer.
Precautions were taken and the PSUSD went into immediate action to find an alternative site for the varsity game. The freshman game was postponed and there is no word of a makeup date.
“The glass got onto the field by accident through the re-seeding process,” said Palm Springs vice principal and athletic director Dennis Zink. “We just made a phone call and the district made the call to move. Once they did, it took just 20 minutes for the buses to arrive and we were on the way.”
Rancho Mirage was playing a JV game against visiting Vista Murietta and the Palm Springs-Palm Desert contest was easily transitioned into Rattler Stadium. Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage are part of the PSUSD.
“This was all about teamwork,” said Zink. “Everyone from the district to everyone at Rancho Mirage was so accommodating.”
The Spirit of the Sands band, a group of middle schoolers who were playing with the band on Palm Springs’ senior night and the entire cheer squad made it to the stadium in time for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Eight buses were sent to Palm Springs to transport the group. Palm Desert’s buses arrived at the original site, then waited for the Aztecs to load up and headed to Rancho Mirage as well.
“We were amazed the district got situated so fast,” said Palm Desert coach Nick Emmett, who is one of the members of the Aztecs’ freshman team staff. “We were at the field, just warming up and a couple of the kids saw something in the ground. Everyone was just being safe.”
Palm Desert won the varsity game, 31-14.