Two New Jersey U-13 soccer teams were scheduled to face off at the St. Benedict’s school field on Sunday night, but the game had to be canceled because of a helicopter sitting in the middle of the pitch.
The chopper belonged to Josh Harris, the Devils owner, who was watching his team battle the Canucks in an overtime game at the nearby Prudential Cente. One parent told Deadspin that the young soccer stars and their families were not happy about the intrusion
The boys and their families waited in the cold until finally it became clear that Harris was running late and no one knew when he might return to pick up his ride. Eventually, the coaches decided to call the boys’ game and everyone went home disappointed, frustrated and annoyed. I am not sure when or if Harris ever showed up to remove his helicopter from the field, but I hope that he had a great night. There are a number of 12 year olds and youth soccer fans who did not—because of Harris’s selfish behavior.
The school said it has a standing agreement with Harris regarding field-turned-helipad, and a miscommunication led to it being used by the 76ers and Devils owner when a game had already been scheduled.
Video of the helicopter landing at the field can be seen at Deadspin.
– Brendan Maloy