Marauders press box ‘stars’ at scrimmage

McMaster University’s new Ron Joyce Stadium and press box were the main attraction on Saturday (Aug. 23).

While the Marauders football team invited the Windsor Lancers over for a pre-season scrimmage, it was the press box that was given the spotlight at Les Prince Field for the Ontario University Athletics game.

The Lancers and Marauders warm up prior to scrimmage. The Marauders new press box at Ron Joyce Stadium offers more room and comfort for scribes. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

While the stadium was under construction, Marauders had to vacate their home field the past two seasons, but returned on Saturday. An informal barbecue and equally informal remarks were part of Saturday’s program.

Marauders booster and well-known Hamilton sports activist Cecelia Carter-Smith, and Don Lovegrove, retired sportswriter who spent many falls days covering the Marauders, chat with broadcaster and Mohawk athletics communications director Al Craig. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

The stadium will get its official OUA debut on Sept. 13 after the Marauders open the 2008 season with a pair of away game – Sept. 3 in Kingston against the Golden Gaels and on Sept. 6 in Waterloo against the Warriors. The home opener has a 7 p.m. kickoff.