Berry College’s Valhalla Stadium served as an outstanding venue to host the first Pepperell High School (PHS) home football game on September 1. Floyd County Schools (FCS) Superintendent Dr. John Jackson said Friday night was an exceptionally good evening thanks to the assistance of Sports Turf Company, Inc. (Sports Turf), Berry College, Berry’s athletic department, and the entire Pepperell Community.
The game was held in Valhalla Stadium because of delayed construction on the PHS track and field due to weather-related setbacks that prevented the stadium from being gameday ready for the first home game of the 2017 football season. Though this was not the situation FCS and PHS had originally planned for, this was the first time that one of the four FCS high schools played a regular season game in a college football facility, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
“We want to continue this relationship we’re building with Berry and will certainly welcome a collaborative opportunity that would allow each of our high schools to play a home football game on Bob Williams Field for seasons to come,” said Jackson. “Aside from Berry being great hosts for this athletic event, exposing our students to a beautiful college campus like that gets them to having a vision as to what their road after reaching Destination Graduation could lead to.”
Tuesday morning, Sports Turf and FCS authorized personnel met to discuss the progress of the projects happening in Dragon Stadium at PHS. The decision was made that the football game versus Cedartown High School will be played on Lynn Hunnicutt Field at Dragon Stadium on Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
FCS Director of Facilities, David Van Hook said those who attend the game may notice there are several incomplete sections of the track that are being cured for the latex coating and striping over the entire track. There are also some areas of the stadium that are not part of the field that are covered with wheat, straw, and seed.
FCS is dedicated to creating safe environments for all students to learn and play, and that is the school system’s number one priority. Further updates on Dragon Stadium will be released as they become available.