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Dothan High set to get second on-campus athletic field house – Dothan Eagle

Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe wants all the Dothan High athletic teams possible to have an on-campus home, at least for practices.

Soon, that mission could be reality.

Just a few months after the Dothan City School Board approved a new athletic field house – giving Dothan High two such on-campus buildings – work is moving to a possible groundbreaking in the next couple of months.

“We are in design mode,” Coe said. “It is an extensive process with the department of construction management.

“We will construct a new boys athletic complex and renovate the existing field house and convert that into a girls athletic complex.”

The new facility, which will be 11,000-square feet, will be built on the back end of a current parking lot and on the current band field across the street from the existing field house. Behind the new field house will be a new 70-yard turf field for the football team to practice on and to match artificial turf installed at Rip Hewes Stadium and in other high school stadiums that have gone to turf fields.

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The band practice field, meanwhile, will shift from the east to the south side of the Fine Arts building where the band room is located. The new location is closer to the band room.

“The new athletic facility will have dressing areas for football, baseball, (boys) soccer, (boys) track and (boys) tennis,” Coe said. “In the girls facility, there will be dressing rooms for softball, soccer, tennis, track for our female athletes. There will also be a training room in each location and weight rooms in each location plus coaches offices.”

Dothan head football coach Jed Kennedy said a third weight room would be added in the gym for indoor sports of basketball and wrestling.

“We will have a weight room in the back of the gym, which will have 10 racks,” Kennedy said. “There will be 24 racks in the new facility. There will still be 14 racks in the old facility. So there will be a lot of places for a lot of athletes to be developed on our campus.”

The new athletic building will have also have restroom and concessions for baseball and softball fans on the north side, located just a few feet from fields for those sports. Currently fans have to go up beyond the left field fence to the Fine Arts building for both.

The wrestling team, which has practiced in the Commons area in the main academic building the last two years, will now move back to the upper room in the gym where it was previously before weights were moved into that room.

Coe said the school board approved an $8 million bond for the project to build the new athletic facility.

“The time line is we are looking at putting the bids out in September and looking at opening them up in October and having groundbreaking in November,” Coe said.

“If we can start construction in October-November, it would be great to have it by the following August for football season.”

The project, which comes after renovations to the gym last year, is designed to help all sports.

“Our goal is to try to touch as many sports as possible,” Coe said. “We …….

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DAVID MUNDEE

Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe wants all the Dothan High athletic teams possible to have an on-campus home, at least for practices.

Soon, that mission could be reality.

Just a few months after the Dothan City School Board approved a new athletic field house – giving Dothan High two such on-campus buildings – work is moving to a possible groundbreaking in the next couple of months.

“We are in design mode,” Coe said. “It is an extensive process with the department of construction management.

“We will construct a new boys athletic complex and renovate the existing field house and …….

DAVID MUNDEE

Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe wants all the Dothan High athletic teams possible to have an on-campus home, at least for practices.

Soon, that mission could be reality.

Just a few months after the Dothan City School Board approved a new athletic field house – giving Dothan High two such on-campus buildings – work is moving to a possible groundbreaking in the next couple of months.

“We are in design mode,” Coe said. “It is an extensive process with the department of construction management.

“We will construct a new boys athletic complex and renovate the existing field house and …….

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