ESPN cameras and thousands of high school football fans will descend on Rock Hill's District Three Stadium this weekend.
First, on Friday, Rock Hill High will play against Greer. Saturday, the stadium will host a nationally televised doubleheader - Byrnes vs. Hoover, Ala., at noon, followed by Northwestern vs. South Pointe at 4 p.m.
As Rock Hill school district officials tout the benefits of "national exposure" and how cool it is to be on TV, a group of people led by Brian Vaughan is making sure the stadium is ready.
"It is no different than getting ready for a Friday night game," said Vaughan, the school district's facilities manager.
Well, maybe a little.
For one, a lane of Constitution Boulevard will be closed so ESPN can place a camera tower there, Vaughan said. The sports channel also built a camera platform to capture action from an end zone.
A parking lot adjacent to the field will be closed so medics can park a trailer in case of an emergency.
Sponsors will set up booths in that area to promote their products.
The open space should give fans easy access to a "cool zone" beneath the bleachers, where shade and misting fans will offer respite.
"If you have two games and fans are here that long, you've got to have some cool zones," Vaughan said.
It's the district's operations employees that make it all happen, he added. Aside from tending to 27 campuses, they prepare the athletic facilities for games.
Today, Friday and Saturday they'll touch up the grass around the stadium, groom the artificial turf field and make sure everything works.
"This is a typical weekend," Vaughan said, "minus the cameras."
District Three Stadium
Seating capacity: 8,788
Year built: 1941; Rock Hill sold it to the school district in 1984.
Largest crowd: More than 10,000 people. Extra seats were brought in and many stood.