Signs along roadways in Warrensburg are urging people to attend home football games with the intent of bolstering crowds and prompting more wins.
With the election season here, political signs are stuck into yards and empty lots throughout the region.
But a new set of similar placards appearing this week aren't telling citizens to vote for one candidate or another.
Bearing slogans printed in the familiar Warrensburg High School Burgher gold, 10 signs along local roadways are urging local citizens to demonstrate their community spirit.
“Warrensburg Football Home Game Saturday, 1 p.m. at the high school,” they read.
This is the first time football games have been so advertised, school officials said.
Faced with a promising team for 2011 following several seasons with win-loss records less than encouraging, Warrensburg Varsity Football Coach Mike Leonbruno said had decided to ramp up attendance at home games. Four football games are to be held on the home field this season: Sept. 10 against Salem, Sept. 17 against Whitehall, Oct. 15 against Catholic Central, and Oct. 22 against Bishop Gibbons.
The signs were set up Sept. 7 by the football players, noted for not only their athleticism and talent, but for their enthusiasm,
A robust, enthusiastic home crowd cheering players on can make the difference between a lackluster losing performance and a memorable victory, Leonbruno said.
Decades ago, hundreds of fans regularly attended home games, and Leonbruno said he’d like that type of backup this season as his players fight it out on the field.
“The past several years, the size of our crowd has been depressing,” he said. “I hope the signs will encourage people to attend and lend us the support we need.”
Realizing the fact that the football field was tucked out of sight behind the school and not on a busy roadway like many other schools, Leonbruno concocted the idea of yard-sign advertising, he said.
“The sign idea just popped into my head,” he said, noting they were purchased with revenue from fundraisers. “Hopefully they work and draw bigger crowds.”