HAYWARD -- Friday night's Hayward High School varsity football game was moved to the afternoon after thieves stole wiring that powers the field's lights and scoreboard.

An official with the Hayward High sports boosters said without lights, the boosters can't sell the usual array of snack foods at the game.

The financial loss could mean that one of the junior varsity teams is eliminated because of a lack of funding next year.

Debra Boos with the Hayward High sports boosters said thieves stripped all the wiring from the field lights, scoreboard and announcer's booth at Sunset football field in Hayward.

Hayward High plays all its home games at Sunset field, once part of now-closed Sunset High School, because it is the only field in the city with lights.

"It's unfortunate that somebody would do that to us," Boos said.

Hayward police Lt. Chris Orrey said Friday that the wiring was reported stolen between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Police don't have any leads or suspects in the thefts at the field at 22100 Princeton St., she said.

The boosters fund junior varsity sports programs with sales of food and drinks, among other activities.

They usually make about $1,500 at each home game event, she said. Now, only sodas and chips can be sold and the cash take will likely be only about $200 a game, Boos said.

Anyone who wants to help can send tax-deductible donations to the Hayward High athletic boosters at Hayward High School, 1633 East Avenue, Hayward 94541.


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Staff writer Rebecca Parr contributed to this report.

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