PILOT MOUNTAIN — Officials with the East Surry Athletic Boosters are still hoping to have a new fieldhouse in place for the school’s baseball and softball teams next spring, when the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals are each expected to make a strong bid for the 1A state title.
Booster Club spokesman Rodney Jessup said Thursday that funding for the project had been “coming along slowly,” and that a decision on whether or not to build the facility would come sometime in the next two to three weeks.
The Boosters are handling the project, which has been in the planning stage for about four years. The proposed fieldhouse, which will serve East Surry student-athletes in the sports of tennis, baseball, softball and cross country, along with the school’s ROTC program, will cover approximately 2,500 square feet in the area between the baseball and softball fields next to the Armfield Center, where the Cardinals compete in those sports. The building will cost approximately $300,000 to build, but an initial investment of $50,000 is all that is needed for the contractor to commence work. If ground is broken on the new facility this fall, it can be ready in time for the 2018 spring sports season.
Money is being raised both through a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/eastsurryfieldhouse) and directly through the school. Donors will be recognized on a marker that will be placed on the new fieldhouse once it is completed. Any person or company who donates $500 or more will be a “Home Run” sponsor, and anyone who contributes $1,000 or more will be known as a “Grand Slam” sponsor.
Currently, there are no locker-room facilities on the site, and only a small building near the tennis courts that serves as both the concession stand and restrooms for the whole complex. The new fieldhouse, when built, will include a concession stand and restrooms.
The Boosters still need some additional money to go ahead with the project in the fall.
“We would love the community’s support, but the economy being the way it is, these are trying times for everyone,” said Jessup. “We’re just hoping we can get started and not have to wait another year.”
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