Stadium renovations dominate local high school football summer

By: Jake Young Email
By: Jake Young Email

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The players might not be getting too much time in on local football fields yet this summer, but there's definitely plenty of work being done without them.

Multiple schools in the CSRA are pulling out the pocket books this offseason and making sure their stadiums are ones to remember.

"It just creates a total new buzz to the whole campus," said Augusta Prep Athletic Director Tom Holodak.

The Cavaliers started building a new stadium weeks ago, but this morning was the official ground breaking, setting off a celebration for adults and athletes in the district.

"We started summer workouts a few weeks ago, and each day the kids, when they come out, are just in awe of this being built," Holodak said.

A year ago, Augusta Prep was in a controversy over the installation of stadium lights. Needless to say, they've come a long way. Now, the young Cavaliers program is getting a whole new stadium.

Holodak said, "This new stadium, along with the lights that got up last year and our beautiful new scoreboard, are just going to further enhance all of our programs and provide a little extra sense of pride."

While Prep is starting literally from the ground up, a renovation has overtaken the stadium at Strom Thurmond.

The Rebels are finding themselves in plenty of high profile games recently, and that may have spurred the change.

"The Eastern Christian game last year was at capacity. It was featured in Sports Illustrated. That may have had something to do with it," said Rebels Head Coach Lee Sawyer.

Strom Thurmond is flipping the home and away sides, leaving the large stands on the original home side and building an even bigger one on the other.

The jewel, though, is a monster fieldhouse that makes running a great football team a lot easier.

Sawyer said, "I think that it's a result of what our former players have done in all the past history of this great program. That's the way I look at it."

The Cavaliers and Rebels aren't the only ones renovating this summer.

Aquinas is replacing their lights, while Aiken is building of fieldhouse of its own.

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