Highschool soccer will return to Cell’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the 2022 season.
New Stadium basic supervisor C.J. Drinkard informed’s The Lede this week that the primary recreation can be Thursday, Aug. 25. The groups haven’t been introduced.
“We could have that contract solidified throughout the subsequent couple of days,” Drinkard mentioned Tuesday afternoon. “However I can guarantee you that they’ll play video games right here. So proper now, we’re simply ensuring that the small print are what the small print have to be. However they’ll play video games right here, with the primary one being the twenty fifth, which is subsequent Thursday.”
Cell County Public College officers haven’t introduced the total schedule for his or her excessive faculties this season. Solely the areas of this week’s opening video games formally have been introduced. None of these will likely be performed at Ladd.
The Cell County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to fulfill Thursday morning.
“There’ll be between 10 to fifteen video games right here,” Drinkard mentioned. “So, we’ll have a gentle move of video games all through the season. And, , so far as subsequent 12 months is anxious, we’ll go to subsequent 12 months in the direction of the top of the season. However my hopes are that we carry again these faculties like Murphy and Williamson, who just about gained’t have a discipline of their very own subsequent 12 months.”
MCPSS officers introducedfollowing a taking pictures within the Stadium’s concourse in the course of the ultimate minutes of an Oct. 15, 2021, recreation between Vigor and Williamson. It was the second taking pictures in three years throughout an MCPSS recreation at Ladd. In 2019,
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Nevertheless, these stadiums usually are not prepared for the 2022 season. Additionally, Murphy, which has lengthy performed house video games at Ladd, is landlocked and doesn’t have a house stadium nor a plan for any future stadium at this level, although officers and Board members have lengthy mentioned they’re taking a look at choices for the Panthers.
Six MCPSS excessive faculties — Mary G. Montgomery, Baker, Alma Bryant, Theodore, Blount and Citronelle – have already got on-campus stadiums.
The present plan, in response to Cell coaches, is for Davidson to play house video games at Baker (because it did final 12 months), B.C. Rain to play house video games at Alma Bryant and Vigor to play video games at Blount.
That would go away Murphy, Williamson and certain LeFlore searching for house fields. LeFlore’s stadium is the closest to being completed however gained’t be in time for subsequent week’s house opener towards rival Williamson.
Citronelle already introduced on social media that its Oct. 6 recreation towards Williamson can be performed at Ladd.
Management at Ladd has modified since final fall with Drinkard, a former CFL and Tuskegee quarterback, taking on because the venue’s basic supervisor after longtime supervisor Vic Knight died in Could.
Drinkard didn’t return follow-up calls, texts or emails fromTuesday.