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* Hayward High School’s football had copper wiring was stolen from the field

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Hayward High School’s football program suffered a blow this week when the copper wiring was stolen from the field where the team plays its games. The wiring was stolen from the Sunset football and baseball stadiums Tuesday night, some time between 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning, said Debra Boos, vice president of the Hayward High Athletic Boosters. The theft took out both the lighting and the scoreboard and announcers booth, Boos said.

But perhaps more crucially for supporters of the program, it affected the snack bar that serves as a major source of revenue. The booster club runs a large snack bar at the Sunset field, the only field in Hayward with lights, that earns around $1,500 a game and provides the primary source of revenue for the junior varsity football program. “Hayward doesn’t pay for the JV sports programs anymore, we do,” Boos said.

“We need to earn every penny we can to keep it going.” Without a lighted field, the varsity and junior varsity teams had to play in the afternoon at Hayward High, in a facility that does not have a snack bar. The booster club set up a table to sell snacks, but took in far less revenue than usual due to reduced offerings, Boos said. The district is reportedly working on replacing the wiring, Boos said. “We’re crossing our fingers that maybe it will be fixed before our next home game, which is in two weeks,” Boos said.

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