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Fairview football field in Cullman Co. closed for the season

Fairview's High School's stadium won't be hosting any home games this season due to safety concerns over the bleachers. Source: WBRC video Fairview's High School's stadium won't be hosting any home games this season due to safety concerns over the bleachers. Source: WBRC video
School officials say the concrete bleachers have shifted, creating a safety hazard. Source: WBRC video School officials say the concrete bleachers have shifted, creating a safety hazard. Source: WBRC video
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The football stadium at Fairview High School in Cullman County will be closed for the rest of the season because of safety concerns.

That means there's won't be a home football game on Friday night or any time during this season for Fairview High School. The Aggies won't play their game against rival Hanceville at their on-campus field.

The superintendent says the bleachers have shifted and the school system is concerned concrete could fall and hurt someone.

On Friday, school officials discovered the concrete bleachers were collapsing.

"You are going to have children sitting on them, have adults on them. You can see from the conditions these are slipping further and further. They were not originally installed correctly," Cullman County School Superintendent Craig Ross said.

Friday night's game and all of Fairview's home games for the 2014 season will be played at Cullman High School's home field.

Those who volunteered to work concessions were packing up for the move on Friday.

"It's sad. I think it's an important rite of a passage for these kids. I wish they could have gotten to have at least one home game, but safety comes first," Stephanie Giancatarino said.

The decision means additional pressure on the football team.

"This is tough because this is home," Fairview's football coach George Redding said.

Coach Redding met with his players on Friday to inform them they would not be playing at home all season, a decision that will be hard on the seniors.

"That is the group you worry about. Everyone looks forward to that senior year. Your senior season. You paid a price to play here and wear the purple and gold," Redding said.

Superintendent Ross believes the cost for making repairs will be about $2 million dollars for the 60-year-old stadium.

Ross wants to be sure there are not other problems at other county athletic facilities. He has ordered all them to be inspected.

Ross plans to present a five year plan for the school system next year. The plan may include a proposed tax for school improvement and consolidation of some schools, including high schools.

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