ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville High School’s new sports complex is almost complete and expected to be ready to play ball this fall.
The new athletic facilities include baseball and softball fields, a state of the art track and a practice field for the football team.
For years the Yellowjackets have played their games off campus so the complex rings in an exciting new era for Abbeville athletics.
Darryl brooks/abbeville high school principal
“It will be a great adventure to play at home and have what you would call a true home field advantage,” Abbeville High School Principal Darryl Brooks said.
One year ago the land behind the campus was all just pine trees but now excitement is in the air for the first pitch to be thrown at the new complex.
“It’s something that we deserve, these kids put in tireless hours of off season training and in season training,” Athletic Director and Head Football Coach LaBrian Stewart said. “Finally having something to call your own, to play at home, that’s yours, so I think it’s a sense of school pride.”
Funding for the facilities came from bonds and grants from the state.
School officials believe it is important to one day have home games across all sports be played on campus.
“Anytime you have a school board, a superintendent, a principal and a community that’s behind you, as far as getting new things so now all our athletics could potentially in due time all be on campus, that’s great,” Stewart said.
Long range plans hold exciting news for the football program.
“We’re going to look in five years to hopefully have games at the football field,” Henry County Schools Superintendent Lori Beasley said. “The baseball, softball and the track we’ll be doing that next school year.”
The football team is coming off of a state championship run last season.
Stewart says he is grateful to have a high quality practice field and the team will patiently wait for it to be turned into their very own home stadium.
“We’ll be ready when it comes,” Stewart said. “I can tell you that. It’s like the anticipation for Christmas. It will be like opening up that favorite Christmas present. Who doesn’t want to play in something new? Who doesn’t want to practice in something new? We certainly do we want to. It’s exciting just to see it. No matter how long it takes, you can see we have something that can develop into something big.”