College football coming to Phenix City

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A makeover has been a long time coming for one Phenix City landmark.  The million dollar renovation of Garrett-Harrison stadium will be complete and ready for Central High School's scrimmage game this week.

Mayor Sonny Coulter described it this way, "Everything up there is new and if it is not new, it looks new."

All new paint, lighting and a sound system, as well as locker rooms and field house complete the makeover.

Not only is the new stadium easy on the eye and more user friendly, it now meets Alabama Athletic Association's 2012 standards.  "If you want to host a game at your facility, you have to have a locker room large enough to house all players in the event of inclement weather," explained Superintendent Dr. Larry DiChiara.

The city and school system have both put money into improving the facility. They said they know the better it looks, the better the city and school district look.  "Many people's first impression of your city or school district is the athletic complex or venue in which they are familiar," said DiChiara.

Next on the list is repaving and striping the parking lot as well as replacing the old sign with a digital one.

City officials said they hope to gain back a lot of what they put into the stadium.

Mayor Coulter told News Leader 9 they are "looking to attract college football".

Now, obviously these will not be the University of Georgia, Auburn, and Alabama, but it will be some of the smaller colleges that have competitive football teams." 

He could not say which teams will be coming to Phenix City to play right now, but an announcement will be made in the future.

Count on News Leader 9 to bring you the latest on the city's new venture.

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