Bluefield, Virginia, is working on a new project that is expected to draw thousands of people to the southwest part of the commonwealth.
The town will be building a new multi-use sports facility inside the town. The stadium will hold up to 4,500 people and have artificial turf.
“It opens up an avenue of bringing more people into the community, particularly with sports. Sports is certainly prevalent now from the little three-year-olds to the junior and senior high school students, as well as local colleges, ” Dan Harris, Bluefield, Va. Mayor, said.
The first phase of the project is to turn the field into a stadium that will be used for multiple sports by anyone in the community.
“This facility is not going to be a competition. We’re not designing and building this not to compete with any other facility in the region. This is an additional facility that the region will be able to use, ” town manager Mike Watson said.
The town estimates that this facility will host numerous community, recreation and collegiate sporting events, drawing in almost 32,000 people to southwest Virginia. Teams across Bluefield are looking forward to having this facility for them to use.
“We’ve had to share a stadium for a long time. And you know there’s been arguments and people feel a certain way, like no they should have, it no we should have it. But, you know, this is something that will give us something that Bluefield, Virginia, and Graham High School can be proud of, ” Tony Palmer, Graham High School Head Football Coach, said.
The town is looking for engineers to help complete this project. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2019.