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Faust Field redo
Webb football field’s $580,000 renovation keys on new pressbox

With a state champion team comes a more championship-caliber stadium — some 20 years after its last makeover.

Webb School of Knoxville is renovating Faust Field, home of the 2009 Division I-AA football state champion Spartans and Webb track and field teams, with a new pressbox and renovated concession stand (rendering above).

Phase I, costing $580,000 and featuring a new two-deck, 70-by-16-foot masonry and steel pressbox, is underway as of early December. Completion date is targeted for April 1, 2010.

“We're going to build a beautiful pressbox,” said Dave Meske, Webb athletics director and football head coach, about the two-story, all-brick structure where its rust coloring matches recently constructed Webb School buildings.

“The first level will be all glassed-in” and will be set aside for clock operators, public address announcer, statisticians and press, Meske said. “The second level will be coaches area and film area.”

Stan Atkins, Webb School Director of Facilities, said the pressbox will provide “much more ample space than we've had before,” and include heating-air conditioning, bathrooms and “all available sources of technology” including Internet access.

On top is a “singled gable roof similar to the architecture that we have around our campus.”

Meske said, “I think it's important to have facilities that match the entire school. We're fortunate at Webb School to have some outstanding facilities.

“Our football area needed some work,” the coach added. “We haven't done anything to it in quite a long time. ... I would say the late 80s. ... It'll bring the standard of the football area up to the standard of the entire campus.”

Faust Field's stands “will not change at this time,” Meske said.

Atkins said the new concession stand will feature a new serving area providing “more space to prep and serve customers.”

Meske said phase II, with no targeted groundbreaking date, would include “addressing the fencing area around the field, then we'll add some brick to the fencing. We'll address the entryway to the football, track and softball area and redoing the track. And another big thing is, our plans are in the future to double the size of our weight room facility.”

Atkins said the track “is 20 years old, and the life on them is 15.

Atkins said the entrance way is where “we would enhance the name [Faust] Field,” adding phase II's groundbreaking is dependent upon “when the funding becomes available.”

Meske added about phase II, “I think it's not too far off.”

Atkins said the school planned to begin phase I “a couple of years ago ... funding is through reserve funds that we've had for a couple of years,” but added Webb officials decided to wait because of the “downturn in the economy, it didn't make the statement we wanted to make."

However, “It was long overdue,” Atkins added.

General contractor is Johnson & Galyon Construction, Knoxville. Architecture firm is BarberMcMurry architects, Knoxville.


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