“Howe Happenings” ready for high school football

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

September 9, 2022

A Bishop James Mahoney High School Saints receiver heads downfield after a catch on Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Season change makes photo roundup summer/fall combo

Since September 30, 1960, Saskatoon Minor Football Field has been the primary home for high school football in Saskatoon.

During that time, the football stadium was first known as the Holiday Park Bowl before becoming the Gordie Howe Bowl and finally being renamed Saskatoon Minor Football Field in 2014. Over those years, high school football has become a big part of the culture at that park.

It is common for players who played there to end up coaching their sons playing high school football on that same field. It is part of the culture for students from the various schools in Saskatoon and area to jaunt down to SMF Field to watch games.

For the students that come down to watch, often high school football is their first introduction to high school athletics and is the first experience they have of cheering for a school team.

While SMF Field was renovated following the 2013 football season, players and coaches – believe it or not – still chuckle fondly remembering of the old grass field became a mud pit late in the season.

Bishop James Mahoney students meet their players after a game on Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

A story about the tradition of hosting high school football at SMF Field is our feature piece in September’s upload for “Howe Happenings” blog. The piece talks about the excitement that comes when high school football season arrives and joyful memories that are made playing at SMF Field.

Besides the piece on high school football, we have a photo roundup that is a summer/fall combo that give a glimpse of how the seasons changed on our grounds over the past 31 days.

You can find these items on the “Howe Happenings” blog at howehappenings306.blogspot.com.

New content will be released on the ninth day of each month. We hope you will enjoy the stories that make up the posts on the “Howe Happenings” blog.

Saskatoon Shock pitcher Alana Westerhof at Joe Gallagher Field on August 13. (Photo by Darren Steinke)