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Syd Thrift Athletic Complex: ‘A wonderful asset’

The bleachers in the football stadium seat enough people to allow regional playoff games to be held there. The home bleachers (above) will hold 600 spectators, and the visitors’ bleachers on the other side of the field will hold 350. The structure behind the home bleachers is the press box. (All photos by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

The new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School will officially open on Friday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new facility.

First three MHS football games are at home
2014 MHS Varsity Schedule
Sept. 5 Mathews (Home)
Sept. 12 Rappahannock (Home)
Sept. 19 Lancaster (Home)
Sept. 26 Northumberland (Away)
Oct. 3 Northampton (Away)
Oct. 10 West Point (Home)
Oct. 17 Charles City (Home)
Oct. 24 King William (Home)
Oct. 31 King & Queen (Away)
Nov. 6 Mathews (Away)
Games begin at 7 p.m.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the first football game on the new freshly-sodded field will begin at 7 p.m. when the Middlesex Chargers host Conference 42 arch-rival Mathews.

Dr. Taylor explained the seating capacity meets the requirement to hold regional post-season football games. “We want to be able to hold all types of games,” he said.

Football players have been using the practice field for conditioning work, and full practices begin this week.

The football field is ringed by a quarter-mile track. The rubberized surface sill needs to be marked with the eight lanes.

A long jump and triple jump runway and landing area along with a high jump area are part of the complex. These will allow track and field events to be held at MHS next spring for the first time in several years.

Four fenced-in tennis courts have a special rubberized coating. The courts will allow home matches for the first time.

Public use of the sports facilities is being considered by the school board. A proposed policy would allow the public to use the tennis courts, track, and practice football and soccer fields from dawn to dusk when the facilities are not in use by the schools.

“We are real excited about the new sports facility for our schools and for the people in the community,” said Dr. Taylor. “It is going to be a wonderful asset for us all.”

The baseball field has a press box, brick dugouts, scoreboard, grass infield, and bleacher capacity to seat 288 spectators.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.06.2014

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