BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – Construction work at East Union has experienced a few bumps along the way, but school officials remain hopeful that the major project at the new football stadium will reach a point that the field, concession area and restrooms will be ready for the first home game.
“As far as the football field is concerned, the stands are complete and the press box is complete except for putting the power to it,” assistant principal Chris Basil said. “The field had an army worm problem last week that basically destroyed the field for a few days. It is now coming back, there is green everywhere.”
Basil said they cannot water the grass much because they are waiting on the base for the scoreboard to be installed on Thursday. The underground bases for the goal posts were poured on Tuesday night.
“The lighting company is coming Thursday night, so the field needs to stay as dry as possible at this point,” Basil said. “We will start back with fertilizing the field Thursday afternoon and start back with the water program after that point.”
Basil said that the field house facility was behind schedule due to the weather, but that he was hoping to have the concession area and public restrooms available for the August 29 home opener.
The field house will also house a weight room, coaches offices, training room, storage area, laundry area with washer and dryer as well as a locker room for the Urchins and visitors dressing room.
“We are hoping to have the building (field house) complete before the end of the season,” Basil said. “The guys (construction workers) are working hard, working six days a week sometimes trying to get this done. It just takes a lot of time and it goes back to the weather earlier in the year putting everybody back.”
“We are just so proud and so thankful that the school board gave us the opportunity to have a football team and also this beautiful facility that everyone in the county will be proud of,” Basil said. “Our band will get to play on Friday nights and we are excited about the band having this opportunity to play in front of that many folks.”
Another project at East Union that is ongoing is the multipurpose building beside the baseball field that will be used for physical education classes as well as being an indoor practice facility for football, baseball and softball. Basil said the building still lacks electricity and installation of artificial turf should take place early next week.