PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City Council members gave the go-ahead to a million-dollar project at Garrett-Harrison Stadium.
If you grew up in or around Phenix City, you've probably played or attended a game at the football stadium.
Police Chief and Stadium Renovation Project Manager Ray Smith told News Leader Nine, "This has been a staple in the community for 35 years and we want to make sure this stadium continues to be a landmark."
In order to do that, Phenix City Council will enter into a contract with Kersey and Luttrell Architects to renovate the football stadium, adding two field houses that will hold brand new locker rooms. Smith said, "The estimated budget for the entire project of the renovations of the stadium is $1.2 million but we hope to be well under that for this part of the project."
At the end of April they will start taking bids from construction companies, that's when Smith says the real work can begin, "They'll give us about a week between Kersey and Luttrell and the city project team to look over the bids. Once they're approved we hope to break ground the first week of May. Construction calls for a 90 day phase which means we'll be complete with the project at least the first or second week of August."
The field houses will be added on to either end of the visiting teams stands, and they are designed so that if additional seating needs to be added, it will go right on top of the buildings.
It should all be ready just in time for kick-off this fall.