HAMILTON – It didn’t look like the Hamilton Broncs were going to be to play on their new field this season, but thanks to some hard work and dedication, the new stadium was completed just in time for quarterfinals action.
When the Hamilton School District broke ground for their new athletic facilities in spring, they didn’t know if it would be ready in time for football season.
And as the season progressed, the Broncs were unsure where they would play their quarterfinal match. Until a day before the game.
“The crew worked amazingly hard. Jackson [Group} and subcontractors, as well as our maintenance and custodial staff, so they’ve been going pretty hard these last couple weeks as this came to reality,” Hamilton High School Principal Dan Kimzey said.
“I came in here and it still [looked] like a construction zone. But everybody pushed really hard and we got everything ready, and by last night it looked like the stadium you see today!” head custodian Tracy Womack told MTN News.
New turf, a 10 lane track, and a new concessions stand are part of the taxpayer-funded overhaul at Hamilton High School.
“So you know, is great. It’s one of those things you talk about all summer long and you hope it will happen and when you’re there it’s a little surreal,” Hamilton Schools Superintendent Tom Korst said.
The Jackson Contractor Group was able to push the construction 10 days ahead of schedule, allowing the new field to be ready to host the football playoff game on Saturday.
The whole crew worked a lot of overtime — all the subcontractors. “Everyone came together and really pushed real hard this last month so that the school could get in here,” Jackson Contractor Group Superintendent Brian Germane said.
“We got done a couple weeks early, and it looks like just in time for the first playoff game. So I think everything worked out really well. It was a really good job And I’m really happy to be able to have this game here today,” he added.
School administrators and athletes alike were excited and honored to play the first game on the new facility, and hope that it lasts for generations to come.