By the second week of football season, Indian Land High School athletes will have a brand new field house to dress and strategize in.
On March 25, the Lancaster County School Board approved a $1.6 million bid to build field houses at Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson High School.
That figure came in just under the $2 million. Originally, the board had budgeted for just the Buford and Andrew Jackson field houses, allowing them to move up plans to construct Indian Land's field house from Sept. 2009 to this year, said finance director Tony Walker.
"We got really lucky on this one," Walker said.
The new field house at Indian Land High School will have two locker rooms, a dressing area, space for teams to meet and hook-ups for an ice machine and a washer and dryer, said head coach Michael Meyer.
Construction is scheduled to begin April 3, Meyer said, and the field house should be complete just a few days after the team's first home game Sept. 12.
Construction on Indian Land's field house will cost approximately $595,500.
Last year, the football team used Indian Land Middle School's gym to meet and dress before games. During halftime, the team used a mobile classroom as a meeting place. Visiting teams were left outside in rain or shine, Meyer said. They had to use bathrooms at the concessions area, he added.
The new field house will give both teams a place to meet during half-time, he added.
Athletes in spring sports will benefit from the field house as well, Meyer said. More than 200 athletes will use the field house in the spring, he added, and nearly 100 will share the field house during fall sports.
"We're just happy we're getting one," Meyer said. "It will be a major help to a lot of teams."
Indian Land School Board Representative Don McCorkle said he was pleased Indian Land High School would get a field house more quickly than originally expected.
The school board is working hard to make improvements at schools throughout the county, he added.
"We do not want anyone in the county to go without," McCorkle said. "We want them all to have as good as we can possibly afford."