Troy Trojans set to play ball in Phenix City

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PHENX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  The newly renovated Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City has already hosted quite a few football games, but they're about to have a bigger team take the field.

"This is something a lot of people thought couldn't happen, a Division I coming to Phenix City, but its real nice," Phenix City Manager Wallace Hunter told News Leader Nine.

Garrett-Harrison Stadium is newly remodeled, Troy University is on board and now Phenix City's hard work to get the Trojans to play ball is a reality.

Hunter said, "When we put everything together and we knew we could make it happen, we decided to make the announcement. A lot of people from this area attend Troy. Troy has a campus here in Phenix City so it's basically a hometown school and it's something, I think, for the community."

For years Troy University has been a part of the Phenix City community.

Troy football coach Larry Blakeney explained, "We're over here a lot anyhow and we certainly hope to continue to recruit good students and good athletes out of this area."

And for years city officials have been trying to convince the football team to take advantage of everything Phenix City has to offer.

"We're very blessed and it's been a real good opportunity working with the mayor and the city. We're looking forward to the chance to bring our team and band to Phenix City," added Troy University's Athletic Director Steve Dennis.

The "Sound of the South" marching band is also coming to town, plus a celebration dinner, parade and tailgating.

"I think we'll have a great day with a lot of kids, a lot of people, a lot of fans, a lot of alumni that will come out and take part in it," said Coach Blakeney.

The Troy Trojans will be heading into town on March 19th. Kick-off is at two o'clock that Saturday.

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