Renovation of Andalusia High School football stadium work in progress

Renovation of Andalusia High School football stadium work in progress
Work began two months ago on the Andalusia High stadium
The stadium was first built in the 1930s and 40s (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The stadium was first built in the 1930s and 40s (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The stadium is expected to be finished in time for football season (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The stadium is expected to be finished in time for football season (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - The work began in earnest two months ago and workers continue to grind away on revamping the old Andalusia High School Football stadium.

When we say old, we meant ancient!

"That was constructed for a baseball field in the 1930s or early '40s," said Andalusia city treasurer John Thompson.

It was initially built as a baseball field. In fact, pro baseball great Willie Mays once roamed the outfield.

"There was a semi-pro baseball team here, so it was retrofitted later for a football stadium," Thompson said.

Off from the main playing field will be a practice field for the team and band.

The job will cost $12 million, a price that also includes renovating the school's fine arts auditorium across the way.

"Curtains and all new seating in the auditorium, lighting. It will be state of the art," said Thompson.

John Thompson says the stadium will be more than ready when football season kicks off in the fall but not entirely finished. It will remain a work in progress.

'"The stands and so forth, supporting fixtures and all of that...that remains to be seen to the level they think will be ready by the time football season starts," Thompson said.

It's been heavy for all involved but one Thompson is convinced will be worth it in the long run; saving the past with a modern touch.

John Thompson says the half-cent sales generates on average of around $1.2 million a year.

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