By October, Brock hopes to have the lights, press box and bleachers in place, as well as some of the exterior of the stadium. After its home opener Aug. 30, the Eagles will be on the road for its next five games, returning home for a two-game home stand on Oct. 11 & 18.
“The plan is to have the essentials in place by those home games in October,” Drillette said. “We will have to bring in portable concessions and restrooms, and we won’t have the field house finished. Those facilities will all be taken care of in a single structure and will likely be finished next spring.”
There was a formidable presence at the ground breaking gathering, which included Brock board members, administrators, faculty, coaches, as well as several athletes and cheerleaders who will be treading the turf.
Seth Boleman was one of several athletes present at the ground breaking. He comes into the fall semester as a sophomore and has played Brock football past two years, filling roles at quarterback and linebacker.
“It’s very exciting to see [the stadium] start to take shape. It’s been a wonderful experience watching it all happen.”
With the advent of the Eagles football program and beyond the excitement of attending the games to take in the overall experience, some Brock students have noticed some of the changes taking place off the field, as well.
“A lot of our guys played peewee football, but after Brock started up football, it’s made a difference for them, I think,” said Brock freshman Lindy Drillette, who has witnessed the emergence of the program when it began two seasons ago under the guidance of the program’s head coach Chad Worrell. “A lot of guys playing football now did not play basketball.
“And so, especially the ones that are just playing football now, it really seems like it has changed their attitudes [for the better]. And they are really excited about the season.”
Brocklanders have been a-buzz about its football program for more than two years, eagerly anticipating the plethora of firsts each year has brought. And there is little doubt, with the UIL-sanctioned schedule just another year down the road, there is at least one more “first” the Eagles have placed in their plans.