Despite a few setbacks due to weather, the development of Calvary Christian's on-campus football field is on schedule and will be ready when the season begins in August.
The sod has been laid for the field's surface, goal posts placed on both ends and the scoreboard was raised last week. According to athletic director and football coach Brian Osborne, the fence surrounding the area will likely go up next week.
"We're back on schedule," Osborne said. "The rain put us a little behind, but we've been able to catch up on things."
The only things that will be missing for this season will be extensive permanent seating and lighting. While some bleachers will be available, fans will have to bring their own chairs as they did for games at Britt David Park. Also, lighting will come from six portable poles with generators. Permanent lighting, seating and a press box will be added in the future.
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The team has played its home games at Britt David Park since it began its varsity football program in 2011. Now in its fifth year, the team will play its games on Len McWilliams field, named after the school's former headmaster who brought football program to the school.
Osborne was hired in 2011 by McWilliams to be the coach to lead the Knights through their inaugural seasons. Osborne said that naming the field after McWilliams was a way to show appreciation for the contributions he made to the program.
"He's the main reason we have football," Osborne said. "He is the one who brought football to Calvary and hired me in 2010 to start the program. Once we got it, he was very influential in helping me to make sure we had all the resources. He was just a big supporter, and it's made our school grow immensely."
The construction of the football field has been done in conjunction with baseball field renovations, which completed initial stages prior to this season. Those renovations included new home and away dugouts, a press box, an improved infield, a new backstop and spectator seating, a clubhouse, three restrooms, a concessions stand, a scoreboard and a three-lane indoor hitting facility.
The next stage of the baseball field renovations will be the outfield, though that will take place after the conclusion of the 2016 season because football practices will still be held there to minimize wear and tear on the new turf of the football field.
The baseball project came in at a $200,000 price tag. The numbers for the football field were not immediately available.
The field will debut for the Knights first home game on Aug. 21 against Young American.