By Dallas Bordon
The Raiders will have a new place to call home this upcoming football season.
A new 6,000-square foot field house that now stands beyond the end zone will be completed mid July in plenty of time for the 2014 football season this August.
“We are very excited to open the 2014 school year and football season with a wonderful new field house for our football program,” said MCHS Athletic Director David McGee. “The combination of several dedicated community members, our superintendent and BOE and Coach Chris Smith, along with our football staff, worked together to make this project possible.”
The new facility stands in the same location where the old concessions building and restrooms were once located. The new facility will house more than just a football locker room. In addition, there will be a new training room, a coaches’ meeting room, head coach’s office, defensive and offensive coordinator’s offices, assistant coaches’ office, storage, showers, restrooms, film room, and a players’ lounge.
“The overall athletic program video area is also in the plans where each of our teams can review game films,” said McGee. There will also be storage areas above all of the rooms in the locker room. “It’s an amazing new facility,” said Smith, MCHS’s head football coach. “There will be an honor walk coming out the front of the building for past lettermen and current seniors.”
The old former locker room area will remain and will be utilized for other sports programs after renovations are complete. “The addition of this new facility allows us to restructure and renovate other stadium areas to also improve our facilities for cheerleading, girls and boys soccer, and weight room dressing space,” said McGee.
“This new football field house would not exist if it were not for the initiative of local citizens and area businesses who wish to remain anonymous,” said school Superintendent Allen McCannon. “Many individuals have donated their time, supplies, and expertise to this project while wanting nothing in return but the satisfaction that they are helping students. The board of education is providing funds for around a third of what the actual field house would cost to be built. Last summer, our system had a private donor cover the entire costs to build two field houses for the baseball and softball programs. Our system is so fortunate to have this kind of support. We are humbled and thankful by this kindness and great generosity.”
The new construction of the new field house and renovations of the former locker rooms will be the latest additions to Raider Stadium. Other new construction came prior to last football season when a new concessions area and new restrooms were constructed adjacent to the field house.