Red Level stadium to be ready for home opener

Published 1:10 am Saturday, August 26, 2017

The renovation project at Bobby Dye Stadium has been slowed by the rain, but Red Level High School principal Randy McGlaun said that it should all be ready by the Tigers’ football home-opener in September.

“It’s been a work in progress,” McGlaun said. “Now, we are finally getting to the short row of it, so to speak. With all of the rain that we have been getting, it’s hard to keep everything moving on time, but every one as done a great job to make that happen.”

McGlaun said that most of the work is finished, but there are a few smaller things to wrap up before the Sept. 8 home game against Houston County.

“The sidewalks are all finished, but there is still some stuff to clean up,” McGlaun said. “The bathrooms on the home side are practically brand new and they are now more handicap accessible. That is much improved on from the past. That was our No. 1 goal to accommodate every one that comes, and we believe we have done that.”

The project couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of many people, McGlaun said.

“This has been a total group effort,” McGlaun said. “The mayor, coaches and others have been working together to get this project completed. There have also been many volunteers that have given their time to this project.”

With the renovations wrapping up, McGlaun said they are already looking ahead to the next possible upgrade.

“We are very excited to have this ready by the first home game,” McGlaun said. “Everything should be good to go by Sept. 8, and we are very excited. Now, we are looking into what we can do next year.”

The project will add handicap parking spots, handicap accessible restrooms on the home side, a new section of bleachers added with handicap accommodation and a new five-foot walkway that stretches from the end of the bleachers to the visitor side.

“Everybody is excited about it, from the school to the people in the community and to myself and the council,” City of Red Level Mayor Willie J. Hendrix said. “It’s a really good thing for the school and the community.”