Dothan Unveils Corporate Sponsor for Rip Hewes Stadium

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

In April Dothan's city commission voted to build a new press box at Rip Hewes Stadium.

As a part of the plan, half the cost of the press box would be paid for by a sponsor.

It's been a well kept secret who the corporate sponsor would be for the new press box at Rip Hewes stadium, but upon arrival at the Dothan Civic Center Wednesday Morning it became a little bit clearer just who it was.

Standing in front of a giant Knology banner a smiling Pat Thomas was eager to make the announcement.

"This has been a moving target and a lot of work to get here today," said Thomas, Dothan's Mayor.

Knology has agreed to a ten year partnership with Dothan.  They'll pay the city $244,000 over that span.

That's around half the cost of the press box project.

In return, Knology's name will be on the press box and the field will now be called; Knology field at Rip Hewes stadium.

"Knology wanted to be a part of the community and of course sports is a big part of the community and I couldn't think of a better way to be involved in the Dothan area," said James Etheridge, General Manager of Knology in Dothan.

This is the first major work being done to the press box in almost 40 years.

Area coaches say they can't wait to hit the field and use the facilities.

"It's a pride factor, this is obviously going to be a state of the art facility," said Chip Harris, Northview High Schools Head Football Coach.

"Like I said this facility is going to be one of the best in the state," explained Kelvis White, Dothan High Schools Head Football Coach. "This stadium puts pride in our program and we're excited about the changes."

All those changes should be complete by the end of September.