Tiger Stadium receives massive upgrades

Published 2:58 pm Friday, August 25, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

As Chilton County High School football fans flock to Tiger Stadium this fall, there will be many upgrades to the stadium that will greet fans. Among the improvements made during the offseason in preparation for the 2023 football season included installation of LED stadium lights, a new sound system and a new playing surface. For fans, renovations to the home-side concessions stand grilling area and the paving of the parking lot behind the home side of Tiger Stadium will enhance their experience.

“There were several upgrades to Tiger Stadium for this upcoming season, and I am excited about seeing it all come together for our season opener against Bibb County,” Marvin Morton, CCHS head football coach and co-athletic director, said. “The stadium upgrades are something that the kids can get excited about and that Tiger fans and Chilton County High School alumni can be proud of. There is a correlation with athletic success and improvements in school morale and academics. I believe the investment of improving our athletic facilities will increase student participation, as well as improving the school as a whole.”

Arguably the most noticeable upgrade the school made was getting a new scoreboard with an LED video board attached to it. The video board will have capabilities to enhance the fan’s and the player’s experience at the games.

CCHS also hosted work days where people came out and pressure washed the home-side bleachers, trimmed scrubs, added fresh paint to goal posts and around the stadium and helped with landscaping to spruce up the look of Tiger Stadium.

Morton thanked Chilton County Schools Superintendent Corey Clements, CCHS principal Louise Pitts, Clanton Mayor Jeff Mims and the Chilton County Maintenance Department as well as the numerous local businesses that helped make the upgrades happen for the Tigers such as Mark McKinnon and McKinnon Toyota Nissan, Byron Thornhill of Greenscapes, Jonathon Sabat of Elite Sports Field, Blake Davies for field maintenance, Petty Line Construction, Sentry Lighting, Boostr Digital Boards, Coke, BSE, Mullins Paint and Jeremy Pierce. He also thanked the CCHS Gridiron Club officers and the Pride of Chilton County Band Boosters Club as well.

“I personally want to say thank you to those who went above and beyond to make these upgrades happen. The support from local businesses and community members has been greatly appreciated,” Morton said. “A special thank you to the CCHS Gridiron Club organizing fundraiser events to help fund these projects, volunteering their time during summer work days and all of the work they do behind the scenes for game day preparation. They do so much for our program and for our student athletes.”

Morton said he is hoping the improvements to Tiger Stadium is the momentum needed to boost other athletic facility upgrades at CCHS.

“I want Chilton County Tiger football home games to be the best experience for our players, cheerleaders, band members, Tiger Fans, alumni and even for our visiting fans,” Morton said.