Thursday, June 16, 2011
New football field on go
By BARRY BURLESON
It’s all systems go for the new Potts Camp High School athletic complex.
“Our plan is to be ready to play the first home game there on August 19,” said Don Randolph, superintendent of education for the Marshall County School District. “We’re excited. The community can’t wait.”
Football has been revived at Potts Camp, and the Cardinals will play an 11-game, every-Friday-night varsity schedule this season. Seven of those games are slated for the new athletic complex, starting with a huge one on opening night versus county rival H.W. Byers.
“It’s a great thing for the folks at Potts Camp and Byers to be so fired up about football,” said Randolph, who has led the way in bringing the sport to those two schools.
He said the work at Potts Camp got delayed recently by the storms and flooding, but it’s back on track.
“It’s a cloud of dust down there,” Randolph said. “Right now we’re molding the track. That must be done so everything else can go around it. We’re about to get it to grade.”
Steps to follow include an irrigation system to the field, sod, pads poured for bleachers, lighting, scoreboard, parking lot, concession stand and dressing room.
The home-side bleachers, which will be permanent, will seat approximately 500. The visitors’ bleachers will be portable and seat about 400.
Entrance to the complex will be off Highway 349.
He thanked the county for its help with the dirt work.
“The county has been so good to us,” Randolph said. “We appreciate it so very much.”
He said the design of the track and the football field are based on the same facilities at Byhalia High School.
“The goal posts have been delivered, and the scoreboards are ready to be shipped,” Randolph said. “Everything is on go.”
When completed, the Potts Camp athletic complex will have a value of about $2 million.
“But we’re going to do it for less than that because of the help we’re getting,” Randolph said.
Later, softball and baseball fields will be added, plus “we could play soccer there, too,” he said.
The superintendent of education said features continue to be added at the H.W. Byers field, too.
“We’re adding a set of portable, high-rise bleachers that will seat about 150 people, plus we’re looking at an irrigation system up there also,” Randolph said.
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