SNOW HILL, Md.- Snow Hill High School is rolling into the 2015 sports year with an old burden off its shoulders for the football, soccer, cross country and track teams.
The school will debut its new athletic stadium on Friday, Sept. 4 at its first home football game of season against Parkside High School of Salisbury.
The stadium upgrade comes as part of a renovation project for the high school. The new stadium features new locker rooms for athletes, bathrooms, a ticket booth, press box, sound system, concession stands and new bleachers that hold approximately 1,200-1,300 people on both sides.
The upgraded stadium comes as a relief for football and soccer teams, who will no longer play on grass. Snow Hill High School Athletic Director Todd Lampman is confident the new turf will prove to be safer for athletes by eliminating the uneven surface associated with grass fields.
The stadium also features something the school never had before: a brand new track.
"The track team previously ran in the community, in the parking lot and in the gym," Lampman said. "The track and cross country teams are very excited.
Lampman believes the new field will bring old and new fans to their sporting events.
"There are several factors that will make people want to come out," Lampman said. "The stadium is a huge part of it. We also have new head football coach, Tim Richo, coaching on a new field. That will all play into it too."