Completed during the past four months, the half-million-dollar project gives the college prep school a new press box, a new dual-line ticket office, a new concession stand and new spaces exclusively for referees and for visiting teams. New bathrooms added onto the stadium side of the school’s gymnasium will accommodate visitors from both venues.
“This is great — this is first class,” said Scott Morgan, assistant principal of Jacksonville Christian Academy, whose football team was Donoho’s first home-field opponent of the season, as he looked around the press box Friday. For the first time in the school’s history, Donoho officials noted, visiting football coaches will have their own indoor space from which to direct their players.
Of course, the home crowd will be enjoying the place most often.
“Not a lot of 1A schools have a stadium like this,” said Donoho athletic director Shannon Felder. “It’s a big deal for us.”
Certainly the more spacious concession area, complemented by a new barbecue patio out back, will be a big deal for those who toil within its walls.
“This is awesome, we love it,” said Samantha Hughston, a Donoho parent and concession stand volunteer. “I don’t think we’re going to do as much bumping into each other.”
Built by Morris Building Constructors from plans by Jay Jenkins, “it was a fun project,” said the architect.
It represented, Jenkins added, “a lot of collaboration from a lot of folks.”
Builder John Morris re-marked that in all his years in the business, this was the first project in which someone had complimented him on “pretty concrete.”
With the approach of game time Friday evening, the school was keen to turn over the stadium public-address booth to George Monk, “Voice of the Falcons.” It was time to put brand-new equipment to the test.
Monk pronounced the new digs “just too nice,” almost inspiring him to dress up for the occasion.
“I started to bring my tie,” he quipped.