New $12.5 million Houston County stadium almost complete
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County Schools’ newest stadium is almost finished.
The $12.5 million project will be home to two high school football teams.
“This one is a steel structure with aluminum topping,” Scott Hill, the director of facilities for the school district, said referring to the new stadium.
Hill knows the in’s and out’s of the new stadium.
“We have 6,000 capacity so we have 1500 parking spaces,” Hill said.
The new “Freedom Field” is the county’s latest project and will be the football home for Houston County and Veterans High Schools.
Head football coach Von Lassiter spoke to 41NBC in 2015 about the project.
“Just a nice place for our county to be proud of to be a home to two great schools,” he said.
“Everything is a lot closer. Like McConnell-Talbert, you have the track so your stands are actually 20 to 30 yards behind the actual bleachers,” Hill said differentiating between the two stadiums.
The new facility will be the school district’s third – putting less stress on the other two, specifically the “Mac.”
“We were having three teams play there. Every day. Every weekend. So we were having 20 some odd games in about a 8-week period,” Hill said.
Contractors are working daily to make sure the field is ready for the first snap in the fall.
“This is actually part of the turf process is coming in and putting down your fabric, your rock, your drainage system,” Hill said referring to the stadium’s new turf.
He’s confident and expects the stadium to be another draw for the school system.
The E-SPLOST project is expected to be completed by mid-August. The first game is scheduled for September 2nd.