The high school football season kicks off in less than three weeks in western Kentucky.
Daviess County Public School officials are kicking off plans for stadium renovations at Apollo and Daviess County High.
Daviess County High fans cheer the Panthers at Reid Stadium. But Athletic Director Jeff Hurley says the field’s conditions are nothing to cheer about.
“We have drainage issues,” he says. “The sprinkler system on the football field is pretty much outdated. People don’t use it much anymore.”
Outdated sprinklers, and cracked running tracks. Just some problems plaguing stadiums at Daviess County and Apollo. Hurley says problems like cracks here on this track that’s mainly made of asphalt has cost the school’s ability to host its own events.
“We had our city-county meet at Henderson County High School last year, just because our surface and Apollo’s surface are very similar,” says Hurley. “They’re very slick if it gets wet.”
“Frankly, it’s not safe for our kids to run on, nor can we use it for competition,” says Matt Robbins, Asst. Superintendent for Finance and Operations at Daviess Co. Public Schools.
Board members recently approved the start of planning for six million dollars in safety upgrades, replacing tracks, and installing field turf. Daviess County Public School officials say they have $3 million available, but are considering a public-private partnership to cover costs.
“I do think it gives a great opportunity to feel like they’ve contributed to their community, to their school, and at the same time, doubling the money to meet the need and cause there is, I think, a terrific concept,” Robbins says.
Officials say if funding is ready, construction could start as soon as next spring.