Logan Stadium still looked like a construction project this week.
But that will soon change.
After weeks of work, the Field Turf will soon be laid down.
Logan High School is the last of the three county schools to get its carpet. Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Field was first and last week Chapmanville Regional High School got its rug.
Soon, Logan will be getting its own Field Turf.
As of this week, the gravel, which serves as the base of the turf, was rolled and smoothed, paving the way for Logan’s artificial surface.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said he’s happy to see the job near completion.
The Wildcats won’t have their first game at Logan Stadium until Week 4 when Logan hosts Point Pleasant in the home opener in the annual Logan Hall of Fame Game, so there is plenty of time for the work to be finished. LHS travels to Man in the Aug. 28 season opener, then hits the road for away games at Shady Spring and Lincoln County.
Other work and improvements have also been done at Logan Stadium in recent years, including new LED scoreboards and play clocks, new stadium lights, a new pressbox and a new home locker room and concession stand.
Just last week, the bleachers received a brand new coat of blue paint.
The place looks brand new, Mullins said.
“Everyone has done a tremendous job,” he said. “The Board of Education and the County Commission and everyone who has worked out here on the island have done a great job in making this happen. They have made sure that we will have this ready for the season. It’s going to look great and it’s going to look like a small college stadium by the time that it’s finished. It will be as nice of a facility as there is around.”
For years, talk had surrounded about Logan County’s football stadium getting turf. Now, it’s a reality.
The three football fields had always had heavy use with middle school and Midget League football teams also using the grass.
Usually when the October rains came, mud and less than ideal field conditions were often the norm.
“We won’t have to worry about rain and standing in water,” Mullins said. “When they laid down the stone and it rained hard here recently there was no standing water. It was hard to believe that that was the case because normally whenever it rained you could have a fishing tournament out there. It’s definitely going to be a lot better.”
Logan Stadium and also Tiger Stadium and Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field will be outstanding playoff venues in the future, Mullins said.
“There’s no doubt,” he said. “It will be second to none. We have great parking here, too. We’re also getting the visitor’s locker room worked on as well. We have new scoreboards, too. So there’s really nothing more that we could ask for. Now we just have to go and win some football games.”
Mullins said Logan’s preseason practices have gone very well.
“It’s been a great first week of practice and we couldn’t ask for anything more,” he said.
Turnout has been very strong.
“We don’t have any lockers left and this is the first time in my 17 years of being associated with Logan High School football as the head coach or the assistant coach that we’ve ran out of equipment,” Mullins said. “We had to go buy more equipment because there’s so many kids out. We’re at 54 players now. Everyone seems to be positive and everyone seems to be having a good time. We’re looking to keep all of those guys.”
(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).