Fairview High football returns home 3 years after stadium was condemned

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A condemned stadium at a Cullman high school left football players without a home field for three years, that all changes Friday night.

The newly upgraded stadium is ready just in time for the final home game of the season.

The stadium was condemned about a week before the football season started in 2013. Fairview had to play its home games at Cullman High School.

The team was happy to have somewhere to play, but still didn’t feel quite at home.

The school just finished building new concrete seating at the stadium, in time for the final home game. The home side will hold about 3,000 people. The visitor’s side, which isn’t finished yet, will hold about 1,000 people.

Driving around the city, you’ll see ‘Welcome Home Aggies’ signs and plenty of excitement everywhere.

“They’re been different pockets of students and individuals in the county have been raising money for upgrades in the stadium even after we get finished with the seating,” Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette. “I think they’ve got other plans for new bathrooms and things like that“.

The football players are probably the most excited, after having to play home games at another school for three years.

“It didn’t feel like home and it felt weird being at somebody else’s place and calling it home, so it just feels great to be back here and this is actually our real home,” said Logan Brooks, a senior football player.

“I’m looking forward to walking out of the locker room and walking down the hill and just seeing all the fans and walking on this field and actually getting to play,” said Ragan Ashley, a senior football player.

The players are looking forward to seeing their own school colors – purple and gold – on their own filed Friday night.

“A lot of things you kind of think back that maybe we were handed a tough deal and maybe a bad situation but you can’t do anything about that so so what, now what are we going to do about it, well no we’re going to celebrate getting back in”

The school is expecting a packed house Friday night.

Fairview players, band members and cheerleaders who didn’t have the opportunity to play or perform on the home field are invited to come out Friday night to celebrate along with the community.

Fairview takes on Springville at 7 p.m.

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