In a month or so, Logan High School can proudly say it has one of the best high school football facilities in the state of West Virginia.
With the Field Turf construction project ongoing and expected to be done in a little more than a month in time for the 2015 season, Logan Stadium will soon be complete.
The home of the Wildcats has undergone major facelifts in the last seven years or so.
First came the construction of the new home locker room and concession stand.
Then came the new stadium lights, a new pressbox, a new LED scoreboard and play clocks in each end zone and new NFL-style field goal posts.
This summer, Field Turf is being installed at Logan and also across the county at Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Field and Chapmanville Regional High School’s Tiger Stadium.
Man’s turf has already been laid down and Chapmanville’s artificial surface is expected to be unrolled in the coming days.
Logan’s turf job is not far behind.
In another improvement to Logan Stadium this summer, the LHS visiting locker room will soon be remodeled, Logan football coach Gary Mullins said.
When it’s all done, Logan Stadium will be complete.
“We got the new pressbox and we’re getting the visiting locker room worked on a little bit there,” Mullins said. “We’re happy about the Field Turf and the upgrades and this will make it as good of a facility as there is. We’re excited to go out there and play on it that’s for sure.”
The grass surface at Logan Stadium often wore down over the years as the football season progressed.
Since Logan Middle School’s football team uses it, the JV team uses it as its home field and also the Midget Leagues staging games there on the weekends, muddy conditions were usually the norm, particularly in October and late in the season.
Rainy weather, of course, made it worse.
A few seasons ago, Logan had homefield advantage for its first-round Class AAA playoff game against Parkersburg South.
Muddy conditions the week before put Logan’s playoff game in question as to whether it was up to WVSSAC standards.
Work was done to dry out the field and Logan hosted the Patriots in its playoff game.
But this won’t be an issue anymore once the Field Turf is laid down.
“It’s going to be a great place to play and it’s come a long way,” Mullins said. “We can’t thank enough the people in Logan County for dividing the money to put all of this together and making this happen. We sure appreciate being able to have a facility like this.”
Logan isn’t scheduled to have its home opener on its new Field Turf until Week 4 of the season when the Wildcats host Point Pleasant in the annual Logan Hall of Fame Game on Sept. 18.
The Cats open with three straight away games — Aug. 28 at Man, Sept. 4 at Shady Spring and Sept. 11 at Lincoln County.
Logan has two away preseason scrimmages at Paintsville (Ky.) on Aug. 15 and at Wayne on Aug. 21.
Practices are slated to start on Monday, Aug. 3.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).