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Nov. 12, 2016 — The obvious solution, writ large

This weekend, there is playoff field hockey to be had at many levels — U.S. colleges as well as scholastic.

Today, especially, there are collections of games where multiple groups of fans can come together, such as the state championship finals in Virginia (the public-school quadrupleheader at Virginia Beach and a private-school doubleheader at Longwood College), Maryland (the annual quadrupleheader at Washington College), and New Jersey (the quintupleheader at the magnificent turf facility at Bordentown Regional).

But I find it interesting that there is an event today that takes this to another level. At Don Thomas Stadium in Reading, Pa., there is going to be a quadrupleheader of matches starting at 11 a.m. All four games make up the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA Tournament.

And these are some titanic contests: Millersville Penn Manor vs. Tredyffrin Conestoga, Downington West vs. Emmaus, Palmyra vs. Kennett Square Unionville, and Stroudsburg vs. Hummelstown Lower Dauphin.

I have seen situations where the PIAA has scheduled doubleheaders at one location or another for the quarterfinals or semifinals, sometimes with two different divisions. Having all four in one location, however, is something which could become a great tradition if it succeeds.

There are a number of hockey-friendly stadia in locales where fans could easily get to, and enjoy, a quadrupleheader within the same PIAA bracket. Exeter is an excellent host site, and so is Hallman-Krieser Field at Lower Dauphin, with its multi-turf facility.

I think more states need to do this, don’t you?

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