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Boosters build facility at ball fields

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, January 26, 2013

Starting this season, anyone who needs a snack, a soft drink, or to answer nature’s call while watching an Alvord High School baseball or softball game can utter a quiet thank-you to the Booster Club.

Thanks to this dedicated group, all those are now fully accessible at the baseball-softball complex behind the high school. The club donated $15,000 last year and rounded up a host of generous donors – including in-kind donations of materials and labor – to construct a two-story metal building to house the concession stand, restrooms and pressbox.

Booster Club treasurer Kami Owens said the process started last year under the leadership of Gwen and Randy Hardee, last year’s president.

“We’ve had donations from all over Wise County,” she said. “We’ve had a sign made with all the names of those who donated, and it will be on the side of the building. We want to make sure we thank everyone.”

Owens said in the past, attendance at the games has been hurt by the lack of facilities – no concessions, and porta-potties for those who couldn’t walk all the way to the football field restrooms. A lack of speakers or a place to keep scorebooks was also a problem.

“Our goal is to get people out to the fields and get them participating,” she said. “We just didn’t have the facilities before.”

The sound system from the football pressbox will be installed at the ball fields, and the football field will get a new one – a big improvement for both facilities. Some concrete remains to be poured, and the baseball bleachers will be move over and another window cut in the concession stand to provide better access from both fields.

Announcers in the pressbox upstairs will be able to call games on both fields at the same time, Owens said.

The new facility should be ready to go by Feb. 5, when the first pre-district games are scheduled.

Rusty Rice is president of the Booster Club this year, with Dean Peace serving as vice-president, Owens as secretary-treasurer and Angela Tallon as reporter.

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