Big game tonight in Largo

The stadium and field at Largo High all set for a closeup.

By DEMORRIS A. LEE, Times Staff Writer
Published December 7, 2007

Largo High School 's Packer Stadium has received some much-needed attention in preparation for tonight's televised Class 5A semifinal gridiron contest against Fort Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas.

Largo is undefeated at 13-0. Tonight's 7:30 start will mark the school's first football semifinal appearance.

The dull blue and gold concrete in the stadium received a fresh coat of paint. The school's mascot will be painted in the center of the field. The stadium seats were pressure washed and new speakers were added to the visitor's side.

"It's no secret that Largo is one of the schools that's targeted for major renovations or perhaps replacement," said Dan Smith, director of maintenance for the Pinellas County Schools. "We thought we would spruce things up a bit at the stadium."

Anticipating a crowd of more than 3,000, about 500 to 600 temporary seats have been added.

"It was due, and if you are going to be on TV, now is the time to do it," said Greg Zornes, Largo's athletics director. "Largo is on a big stage and we call it the high school super bowl."

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at dalee@sptimes.com or 727 445-4174.