BIGFORK — If Polson has Montana’s best view from a football field, Bigfork might have the second best from its position on the opposite side of Flathead Lake.
The Vikings’ field sits above the high school, which is only a block north of Bigfork Harbor, on the highest point downtown. The town sits on the northeast shore of the lake, and the Flathead National Forest runs behind the east and northeast edges of the town, providing a mountainous, wooded backdrop.
“It’s a pretty special spot, and I realize that’s what makes this place different,” said Dave Creamer, Bigfork’s new athletic director. “As a field and as a stadium, it’s nothing that remarkable. The view is unbelievable.”
The field has been on the hill in Bigfork for some time, but underwent notable renovations in 2003. The school upgraded the playing surface and bleachers, which hold approximately 800 fans, and installed a track.
The field definitely needed the attention, too.
“This big hill, there were a lot of rocks here,” Creamer said. “And that’s all it was. Just the rock pit, we called it – rocky and dusty and that was about it.”
The rocks have been replaced by the grass field, which battles storms coming off the lake. The field runs from east to west with the grandstands and press box on the south sideline.
The stands are generally full for games, with the rest of the patrons ringing the field.
“It’s one of those deals like a lot of small towns, when there’s a game going on, you might as well not plan on going to the grocery store or going anywhere else in town,” Creamer said, “because everybody’s at the game.”