A tour of the football fields of Central Illinois | Sports

A tour of the football fields of Central Illinois | Sports


First opened in 1948 and was most recently renovated this summer with the addition of new home bleachers and a press box. Lewis Field first opened as a new field for Fairbury High School. The field was named for the Lewis family who donated the land for the high school and athletic fields. The former football field is located at the center of the current high school building.

Football coach Andrew Quain: “One of the unique parts of Lewis Field is that it is an East-West field. Early in the season the sunset is a factor and the wind can be a big factor come playoff time. In 2006 in an opening-round playoff game vs Pontiac a PAT kick, going west, went though the uprights before being blown backwards onto the field of play. Hawks went on to win, 15-6.”

Athletic director Austin Wenger: “Being a Prairie Central alumni, I have several memories of attending games at Lewis Field on Friday nights while growing up, as well as memories of playing a couple years of high school football here myself while Coach Phil Morrison was the head coach.  Getting to see first-year head Coach Andrew Quain leading the Hawks into a quarterfinal playoff game at Lewis Field last year was exciting.  But, my favorite memories of this field were watching my younger brother, Nathan Wenger, and his team go undefeated in the regular season on their way to a state runner-up finish in 2003.” 

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