East Union moves forward with major construction projects
BY DENNIS CLAYTON
East Union is in a building program in a large way this summer as the school is constructing an on-campus football stadium and also building a multipurpose indoor facility to be used by all sports as well as the school’s physical education classes.
“We constructed about an 8,500 sq. foot metal building that all of our athletic programs will have access to,” Assistant Principal/Head Baseball Coach Chris Basil said. “During the day we will also be able to have some P.E. classes in that building to free up some space because of the growth of our school. We’re excited about it, we think it’s incredible that we’re going to be able to use something like that and be able to help our students.”
Basil and Principal Ray Kennedy stated that most of the funding for the multipurpose facility came from private donations.
“We will have a full softball infield inside the building that the softball team can practice with and also we still have enough room in the building that our baseball catchers etc. can be able throw to second base, we’ve got that much space in there,” Basil said. “Also our football team will be able to practice in the dry when the weather is terribly bad.”
“We will have an Astroturf surface, hopefully it will be a complete surface throughout the whole building,” Basil said. “We hope to have it completely done by the first month after school starts.”
Basil gave an update on the progress of the football stadium and complex saying “Because of the weather, we are behind schedule with the playing surface and the building. The bleachers are complete other than the pressbox, which will be here next week. It comes in as one piece, so it will go up quickly.”
“Other than the playing surface itself and the building being complete we have a fence project that has been bid on and the bid has been accepted,” Basil said. Once the playing surface goes in, the fences will go up and at that point, all we will lack will be some parking and the field house.”
The field house will contain a weight room, dressing rooms, concessions area, public restrooms, a training facility, a washer and dryer. The dimensions for the field house measure 88 feet by 86 feet. Basil said “We’re extremely excited about that.”
“Space will be left around the football field for a track, but at the present, there are no plans to build a track surface,” Kennedy said.
“We had a 10 hour burn on the lights yesterday, it was the first day for the lights to be turned on,” Basil said. “All the lighting is directed down on the field and it was exciting last night to see it.”
The football playing surface will also has an irrigation system which is completely installed now. East Union is now on the verge of sprigging the football field with grass according to Kennedy.
East Union will host their first on-campus home game on August 29 against Middleton, TN.
About Dennis ClaytonI cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.
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