TENNERTON – Renovations to the Ted Crites Alumni Field at Tom Hasbrouck Stadium are approaching completion with the Buckhannon-Upshur boys’ and girls’ soccer seasons ready to get underway next week.
TKS Contracting crews have been working on a new concession stand complex that will also house public restrooms at the field.
The donation to begin the project came from the Woody family in the honor of the late Matt McCoy.
McCoy was a 2016 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur and a stand-out soccer player for the Buccaneers who passed away on June 15, 2017 after falling from a cliff while on vacation in California.
“The renovations will be a huge improvement to our facility,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur boys head coach Mike Donato. “We will now have one of the best soccer facilities in the area. I hate the circumstances under which we received this donation but through this awful tragedy, generations of players, families and fans will benefit. I can’t express my gratitude enough to the Woody family for helping.”
Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc soccer coach Jackie Zuliani shared the same thoughts.
“The new facility will be a great addition to the stadium,” she remarked. “When I started coaching, I said how badly we needed restroom facilities. Funding was always an issue, but thanks to the Woody family, my biggest complaint about our field will be no more.
“It is something we really needed for our fans and visiting teams and spectators. The larger concession area is another wonderful addition. The boosters will be able to add some items to the concessions menu and hopefully will be able to profit from the sales. I want to thank the Woody family and everyone who had anything to do with the construction of this new facility.”
The Bucs will open their season Friday, Aug. 23 at Ripley and will have their first home game Tuesday, Aug. 27 against Morgantown.
The Lady Bucs will start their season at Parkersburg Saturday, Aug. 24 and have their first home game on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Morgantown.