The work that displaced Sequoyah’s soccer and track and field programs from Skip Pope Stadium this past spring is nearly complete. Once the weather permitted it following the end of football season last fall, the field surface was redone to create more of a crown, while the track has been resurfaced and the jump pits shifted from one side of the field to the other.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
The major work at Sequoyah’s Skip Pope Stadium is complete, but the players still won’t be hitting the field any time soon. Sequoyah football coach James Teter said the goal is to give the field as much time as possible to recover from the major facelift it received. For now, the football team will work out on the practice field, while its Aug. 22 scrimmage against Woodstock has been moved to the Wolverines’ stadium. Sequoyah will play at Etowah during the first week of the season, which will keep Skip Pope field from being used until the Chiefs’ Sept. 5 home opener against Blessed Trinity. “We won’t be down there until the first (home) game, because we want to give it as much time as it can,” Teter said. “Technically, it should have a good 90 days. The scrimmage against Woodstock would have been the 90th day, but we are going to give it an extra couple weeks by moving it. We won’t be on it until we play (Blessed Trinity).” The field had begun to retain water in recent years, indicating that it had lost some of its crown. Dirt was added to the middle of the field to give it a slight arc, which will allow water to drain. New sod was then placed on top. There’s still a bit of work to do on the project, which broke ground in March. The track is being resurfaced, following the shift of the jump pits from one section of the field to another. “They are just getting the track finished now,” Teter said. “They, basically, took everything out. They put new drains in and put a good crown on it.” The turf sections along the sidelines were also replaced with dirt and grass. While the football program will be the only program making use of the field this fall, it will be used extensively in the spring. After the soccer and track and field programs were forced to forego home contests for 2014, they will get to use the facility in 2015. Not only that, but lacrosse will be added to the mix. Sequoyah athletic director Todd Miller said it will nice to have the project complete, so the athletes can put it to use. “It’s always nice to get something new like this,” Miller said. “Hopefully, we will be giving the kids a better experience competing for years and years to come.”