EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSouth Charleston High School Has A New Field To Call Home
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Mike Magee
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Sep. 6, 2013 10:36 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It's a labor of love for South Charleston principal Michael Arbogast.
"I'm glad to finally see that ball get kicked off here," said Arbogast.
The Black Eagles are out with the old field and in with the new.
"You can call me old fashion," said Arbogast, "But I think high school football is meant to be played on campus."
The team's first home game of the 2013 football season was played on the new field, located right behind the school. Something the team and fans say just feels right.
"Every game in the past has been an away game," said Donnie Mays, the head coach for South Charleston, "Now we have a place to call our own."
Oakes Field was the home of the Black Eagles for years. But the field was a few miles from the school, making it inconvenient for the team.
Now, alumni and students say they are ready to make new memories at their new home.
"It's a bit different since everyone was at Oakes for a long time," said South Charleston senior, Abby Bare, "I've been there. My parents went there. But it feels really good to be up here."
And the work isn't done just yet. Arbogast said there are plans for a field house, press box, and possibly even some suites for the fans.
With a 75-16 win over St. Albans, it was a great start with a bright future.
"It's an exciting day, it's an exciting time," said Arbogast, "And things are going well."
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