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    Bleacher woes lead Braintree High to move game

    The home bleachers at Braintree High School are closed for repairs after building inspectors discovered safety issues, leading to a change of venue for the first home varsity football game.

    The game -- against Quincy on Sept. 8 -- has been moved to Archbishop Williams High School, which offered the use of its stadium.

    Officials said they hope to have repairs complete in time for the next home varsity football game, on Oct. 6 against Brookline.


    Braintree High School Athletic Director Mike Denise said other sports won’t be affected by the bleacher problem. The junior varsity and freshmen football teams, as well as soccer, field hockey, and cross-country teams, will continue to use the area, he said.

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    The home and visitors’ bleachers combined seat about 2,500 people, he said. The first home football game usually draws a “very large crowd” and for that reason the school decided to accept Archbishop Williams High School offer of its stadium, Denise said.

    “We’re doing it for the safety of the student body, the community, and the band that plays at the game and sits in the home stands,” he said.

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