— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — The ceremonial ground breaking for Eagles Stadium held at Brock High School on Monday ushered in yet another of the multiple meanings of ‘breaking ground’ for a football program rife with firsts — in the recent past and near future.
The most immediate next-first for the gridiron program is the looming varsity schedule set to begin Aug. 30. The “outlaw” schedule, a full 10-game slate without ties to any established district, will precede entry into UIL district play in the 2014 season, i.e., yet another first down the road.
With the passing of the Brock’s bond election last spring (a huge first), the wheels were put in motion to provide a new home for the Brock Eagles, who have played their middle school and junior varsity ball at the upgraded facility located at the junior high.
Brock Athletic Director Scott Drillette gave an overview of the aggressive construction schedule that is intended to accommodate at least part of the scheduled games for the 2013 season.
“The installation of the turf is supposed to be completed by the end of July or early August,” Drillette said of the artificial surface, which Brock also uses for its recently-built baseball and softball diamonds. “That means we should be able to practice on the field pretty soon.
“We’re obviously very excited about having the turf football field. There are a lot of advantages to having that kind of surface. The maintenance is much easier, not having to worry about watering, mowing or fertilizer. And you don’t have to worry about tearing up the field when it is wet.”
The stadium’s initial capacity will accommodate 2,000 spectators (1,200 home-side, 800 visitor-side), and will be yet another step toward the completion of the athletic complex, which already includes tennis courts, the two diamonds and a concession building. Other elements to the complex that will be ongoing through the fall and winter months will be the locker rooms for baseball and softball.