It’s taken a bit longer than expected but work is finally being done on the new football stadium at St. Charles Catholic.
Awaiting several permits caused a delay to the start of the stadium but ground has been broken at the site of the previous structure.
“It’s just the footings,” St. Charles Catholic coach and athletic director Frank Monica said of the early progress of the stadium. “They are not done with that yet. They are putting the footings down. There will be at least another week of work for sure for the footings.
“I don’t know about the timetable for the stadium. It will be close about whether it will be done on time.”
The Comets football team will play a scrimmage, jamboree and its first two regular-season games on the road. That buys the school a bit of extra time before SCC’s scheduled home opener in Week 3 on September 20 against De La Salle.
“We are at the mercy of the two companies and that sort of things – the people who put the foundation in and the people that have to send it over here and erect it,” said Monica.
Should the new stadium not be ready by Week 3, one alternative could be to move the game to Joe Keller Stadium in Reserve. Joe Keller Stadium serves as the home stadium for East St. John. The Wildcats are scheduled to play at Sophie B. Wright on September 20.
“We don’t know at this point,” Monica said of moving the De La Salle game. “We haven’t gone that far, yet. We will make a contingency plan based on that third week. We will wait and see until we get a little bit closer. Soon after the footings are in, we will know a little bit more about if we have to make an adjustment or not. As of right now, we are standing pat.”
SCC is in need of a new home venue after Thomas Dupuy Stadium was declared unsafe and was found to be not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A fundraiser was held last April with supporters asked to pledge $200 a year for five years to help pay for the approximate $500,000 cost of the new stadium.