No.1 I was encouraged by Bill Zechman’s recent front-page article regarding the potential development of a track and football stadium at the high school. The present football stadium is unique and goes back over six decades. Very few high school football stadiums across the state have been operational that long.
No. 2 The Rotary Club is to be commended for stepping up and taking an ongoing interest in the track and for putting money into the equation. New high schools in Chattanooga have had to build their own stadiums without funding from the school system for many years.
Both Signal Mountain and East Hamilton high schools had to raise money from outside the school system to build and develop athletic fields and facilities at the high schools. Other schools such as Elizabethton in East Tennessee got a combination of a bank, businesses, and hometown NFL star Jason Witten to help fund a new stadium and artificial turf. Warren County needs help from the Rotary Club, other organizations and businesses to build a new stadium.
No. 3 East Ridge in Chattanooga/Hamilton County turned over the stadium to the city of East Ridge. Tullahoma’s football stadium and track are maintained by the city. When Tullahoma’s stadium was condemned several years ago, the city moved quickly to build a new one.
No. 4 Science Hill in Johnson City funded a new stadium and fieldhouse about 10 years ago. The stadium they played at downtown (off campus), Memorial Stadium was finally condemned and demolished. The county commissioners voted to build a new stadium at the high school in 2010 named “Steve Spurrier Field at Kermit Tipton Stadium.” This year they put new turf on the field.
No. 5 If everyone involved in the process seeks to understand everyone’s perspective, and has the common goal of providing the best football stadium and track for the present and future high school and middle school students, the greater good will be achieved. If people seek common ground, there is no doubt great things can happen.
No. 6 Does anyone think the school’s largest student sport (football) should not have its games on campus?
No. 7 The football team has been packing up for each home game across town for over 25 years. That is an operational nightmare and disadvantage.
No 8 Each track meet for the high school team is on the road because the middle school track does not meet TSSAA regulations.
No. 9 The middle school needs a football field and track on its campus.
No. 10 Build a new track and field at the high school. Everyone wins.