ABILENE, Texas - One look at Tarleton State University's Memorial Stadium Monday -- with its homeside standing tall opposite the rubble of what used to be a visitor side -- and you might wonder how a big high school district title will be earned on its field in just a few days.
The visitor side stands were torn down in preparation of a major facelift for the stadium, but Friday night, a HUGE district game will take place there: Wylie versus Stephenville for the 3-4A DI district title.
It's causing some Wylie fans -- well known for going the distance to support their team -- to ask the obvious: where will they sit?
Troy Jones says it's bad timing, but a fix is coming.
Jones, Tarleton State’s associate athletic director of operations, said that the renovation date was set a long time ago, and that it wasn’t about getting a head start or interrupting this huge rivalry game. TSU football even has a home game on Saturday.
But as the Wylie Bulldogs and their loyal fans gear up to make the trip, the university has plans to make sure everyone is accommodated. Jones told KTXS that temporary stands are being brought in to seat nearly 2,000 spectators, and space on the track surrounding the field will be allotted for overflow if needed.
Wylie coach Hugh Sandifer said on Monday he was aware of the slight change in venue amenities.
“Yeah, they told us and yes, it’ll be different with the fans on the track on those temporaries,” Sandifer said. “I guess you can say it’s more intimate. I’m sure it’ll be really loud, but like I told the kids, at 7:30 I think we’ll have a place – it’ll be out on the field. So we can’t worry about the rest of it.”
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