In his second year as East Central Community College Head Football Coach, Ken Karcher will be looking out a very different home field.
The first phase of laying down turf in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC began Thursday.
Construction crews from Flowood-based company EnviroTurf started digging two weeks ago before putting down a layer of limestone to rest underneath the turf.
College President Dr. Billy Stewart said the construction has been creating excitement around campus. He also called it a representation of resources, showing the school is committed to academics, athletics and the fine arts.
"For me, this field represents more than just a field," said Dr. Stewart. "It really represents the lives of young men, and even women because this will have soccer lines on it. We will play a few soccer games here at night, under the lights."
"That was part of the agreement when we came in, and you know, Tony Dungy coming in this past spring really helped us raise the money as well," said Karcher. "This is the first step. We got a long way to go to build this program. This will really help recruiting, and I'm most happy for the kids, because it's the kids that really benefit from this."
Dr. Stewart said he's very optimistic the turf will be finished in time for the Warriors home-opener on September 11th against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.