By: Dorothy Sherman
OPELIKA, AL - The clock is ticking down. Three days until Opelika High School's first
football game of the season, in their newly renovated Bulldog Stadium.
"We demolished the old concession stands, replaced those with new concession stands. It should be much more fan friendly," Opelika City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mark Neighbors said.
There is also new seating, scoreboard and turf, but the renovations aren't just fan friendly. An athletic building attaches to the side of the stadium. Inside the building is an indoor practice field, locker rooms, coaches offices, and classrooms making the renovations student and player friendly. OHS football coach and Athletic Director Brian Blackmon said the renovations have given the team a great place to practice.
"I think it's really just the motivation behind lifting the spirits and our kids being excited about what they have and taking a sense of pride in that," Blackmon said.
This isn't just an exciting time for the school, but it's also an exciting time for the community as well.
"On Friday nights and certainly in Alabama and Opelika that's a place where you'll get everybody from the community," Dr. Neighbors said.
Dr. Neighbors said the atmosphere for Friday night football at Bulldog Stadium is fun and much like a big family.
"That's the place where you have true soldiery, where everybody comes together for the Bulldogs. so it's a special time," Dr. Neighbors said.
Dr. Neighbors said they expect over 8,500 fans to attend this Friday's game as Opelika High football kicks off a new season in a new stadium.
OHS will take on Benjamin Russell starting at 7:00 PM Friday night.
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