RACINE, Ohio — Tornado football fans will have a different view of Roger Lee Adams Memorial Football Field when the Purple and Gold host Frontier in their home opener on September 4.
Southern has completed renovations to its football facility, adding new bleachers and a new press box on the south side of the field, which will now be the Tornadoes’ home side.
“As a coach, it’s great to see new things coming in and I know the players enjoy it,”, seventh-year Tornadoes head coach Kyle Wickline said. “The community, the administration and the school board has really stepped up and helped us out. It’s good to know that there are people behind you, backing your program and giving you positive things.”
In addition to the new bleachers and pressbox, Southern has added a new victory bell, a new weight room, a new coach’s office, and new locker rooms for both high school and junior high. The renovations of this passed off season accompany the new scoreboard and play clocks, which were added over the last couple of seasons.
“As coaches we used to have to worry about the facilities and raising money to this and that, and now we don’t have to,” Wickline said. “The only thing we have to do it respect what we have and the kids have done a great job with that.”
The renovations began shortly after the conclusion of the 2014 campaign and are currently being finished up. The Purple and Gold were 4-1 at Roger Lee Adams Field last season, with Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion Trimble handing SHS its lone home loss.
“This group of seniors has been in four different locker rooms because of all of these projects,” said Wickline. “They came in to the new locker room and new weight room and they were really impressed. Our younger kids are excited about the atmosphere, which is a lot better than it used to be.”
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