State-of-the-art upgrades coming to BA
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Brentwood Academy is home to 23 state championships in track and field (21 boys and two girls) and 10 in football.
Any additional titles will be won with updated facilities as the school’s remodeling of the football field and track aims to be completed by the second week of August.
“It’s going to be really, really, nice,” said Cody White, BA athletic director and head football coach. “We’ll have a track like Oregon has – which they just ran then NCAA Championships on and the Olympic trials last year. We’ll be, as far as I know, the only high school in the country to have this surface.”
The track itself will be widened to eight lanes, giving BA the ability to host regional meets.
With construction being done by Precision Sports Fields, the same company that worked on Father Ryan’s complex, BA’s field turf will feature brand new technology. Instead of the traditional rubber pellets, BA’s turf will have cork.
“We’re excited about that,” White said. “It’s brand new, so I don’t know if anybody has that yet.”
The addition of field turf affects more than just the Eagles’ football team as more athletes and summer campers will be able to utilize the field regardless of weather conditions or time of day.
Areas around Carlton Flatt Field will get an aesthetic facelift as well with a remodeled press box, restrooms, concession stands and the addition of stadium seating all in the works.
BA’s Board of Trustees made plans in 2011 for massive campus renovations and set a goal to raise $3 million for the project. Upgrades were made in 2012 to science labs, the gym, theater, commons areas, and the Dinning Hall while 2013 renovations include the track, field, and stadium.
Carlton Flatt Field was originally constructed in 1970 with the track installed four years later. The Eagles won their first football state championship in 1974 and their first track title in 1980.
Brentwood Academy opens the 2013 season at home against Memphis University School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Posted on: 7/17/2013