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Farragut’s new stadium awaits fans
Grid home opener Friday versus West


Farragut High School’s top man is more than impressed with the new Farragut Stadium at Bill Clabo Field.

“The new stadium, I think, is fantastic,” said Michael Reynolds, FHS principal. “We’re excited about that. I think it’s been much better than I think anyone could have imagined. … I’m more pleased now than what I had seen with the drawings and things like that.”

Passing final inspection late last week, the new stadium’s seats will be filled for first time Friday, Aug. 22, as the Admirals’ season-opening varsity football game versus West begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Actually, in some areas, it might be more fan-friendly in access,” Reynolds said. “The accessibility for handicapped and elderly, I think, is much better. The concourse area has been enlarged. … I think it has a more openness feel to it. … It looks good.”

That’s unlike the old concrete stadium, “where the steps were cumbersome” to those physically challenged, Reynolds said.

As for the new stadium’s capacity of around 6,000, Reynolds said “it’s within 30 to 50 seats [capacity] of the old stadium.”

Eddie Courtney, FHS varsity football head coach, said only minor “wiring” remained to be completed as of Tuesday, Aug. 19 (press deadline). “All the fencing is up.”

Courtney said the new dual entrance gates beside the ticket booth should make entering the game much less time-consuming.

“A larger area to come through now … we have more area to get in, there’s a lot more room inside the gates, it shouldn’t back people up now,” he said. “They’re going to make it a little speedier to get in as far as tickets and stuff.”

Overall, “I’m real pleased with the way everything turned out as far as the design of it, and the stadium itself,” Courtney said. “Just glad it’s going to be done so we can play our first home game in it.”

Farragut Lady Admirals soccer begins its season in the new stadium Tuesday, Aug. 26, hosting Greeneville, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ironically, FHS soccer teams are looking for a new home, possibly by late in the 2008 season, just as Farragut Stadium at Bill Clabo Field has been rebuilt (see story beginning on page 1).

Stadium bathroom problems apparently will require an undetermined number of portable toilets for Friday evening’s game (see related story beginning on page 1).

OTHER OPENERS

Elsewhere among westside high school football teams opening their seasons Friday, Bearden hosts Carter, Knoxville Catholic travels to Morristown West and Christian Academy of Knoxville heads to Chattanooga versus Boyd-Buchanan.

All games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Webb School’s season starts Friday, Aug. 29, when the Spartans travel to Austin-East for a 7:30 p.m. opening kickoff.

 

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