New $12.5 million Houston County Schools stadium finished

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County School’s newest football stadium is finished.

The new “Freedom Field” is ready for teams to hit the gridiron.

“There may be some glitches, but we’re as prepared as we can be right now,” Scott Hill, the director of facilities for Houston County schools, said.

Prepared for a new chapter. Hill says after months of planning and construction, the stadium is ready.

“We did our light test. The teams have done a few walk-thrus and practices on the field, sound test, scoreboard training that kind of thing,” Hill said.

Houston County leaders toured the field on Wednesday. It’s the new home for both Veterans and Houston County High Schools football.

“We’ve been in Perry the last six years and every time we were down there it really never felt like home. We had to cover up all the Perry stuff. It just always felt like we played 10 away games,” David Bruce, head coach for Veterans High’s football team.

Bruce and Houston County head coach Von Lassiter say the structure is exciting their players as well.

“It’s just a special place that our kids get to call home and they’re looking forward to getting in and being able to spend some time here,” Lassiter said.

“Here…our names are on the endzone, we’ve got thing that remind us that this is our home too, so we’re real, real excited about the opportunity to play here,” Bruce said.

The $12.5 million E-SPLOST project is ready for the big crowds.

More than 6,000 people will be able to buy their tickets into the games.

“Relieved. I mean happy. I feel like the project came off a success and everybody worked really hard to get us here,” Hill said.

Hill says it’s been a long road with bumps and hurdles, but he’s ready to dance in the endzone.

“As long as the football game is a success than everything has been worth it,” he said.

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