MARBLEHEAD — A New York Jets fan is taking over the high school's football field and installing an apparently massive tent with a swimming pool, tennis courts and buildings tucked inside.
But only through August.
The fan is movie star Adam Sandler, and the plan is for the town to rent Sgt. Christopher Piper Field to Columbia Pictures as a location for shooting his new movie "Grown Ups 2."
"The Piper Field is a very important part of the picture," Superintendent Gregory Maass told the School Committee at its last meeting.
Shooting is scheduled for July 2 through 20, though that could change, he warned.
"Then they'll remove the set between July 23 and Aug. 23," Maass said, explaining that he met Columbia executives out on the football field, to discuss the process, which is set to start within days.
The schools are promised a substantial payment in return, he said, but said no set amount had been determined yet. Maass indicated that the money is enough to allow the resurfacing of Piper Field with "some dollars that we can use for some other programs."
But it will mean disruption for some spring sports teams that use Piper Field, and that has some parents concerned. An informational meeting for the public is set for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Marblehead Community Center.
Piper Field isn't the only school property affected.
The Veterans Memorial Middle School on Pleasant Street will also be in pictures, with the back end doubling as the entrance to a hospital emergency room and the front typecast as part of the hero's old high school.
"We'll have to work with them related to timing," Maass said.
As of now, the middle school activity is planned for May 23 and 24.
"Our middle school students probably will ... find it interesting," he said.
Moreover, even while the movie people take over the high school football field, they will construct a faux gridiron in back of the high school complete with goal posts.
The School Committee raised no objections to the plan.
Maass mentioned Endicott College, Bishop Fenwick, Salem State and a field in Lynn as alternative sites used in the past when teams have been unable to use the high school field.
Bill Jones, whose son is a member of the high school lacrosse team, plans to attend tonight's meeting.
"I have lots of questions," he said.
He wonders about a lack of home games for the lacrosse team and worries that the field won't be available for football in the fall.
"What the town receives in return should be significant," Jones said.
Sandler made the original "Grown Ups" partly in Marblehead in 2009. In the process, the production company rented a home off Harbor Avenue on Marblehead Neck, adding a massive iron gate and an entire wing to the structure, complete with interiors.
Seen in the distance, the tops — and only the tops — of fake palm trees allowed this Marblehead home to pass for one in Los Angeles.
All the changes wrought on that property were erased within days after filming.
Whether the same movie magicians can work a similar disappearing act on the far more extensive use of Piper Field remains to be seen.