Beaufort High School football coach Mark Clifford realizes Eagles Field is one of the best high school football stadiums in South Carolina.
He also knows it's about to get even better.
The Beaufort High stadium will undergo some big renovations today as parents, volunteers and student athletes come together to help spruce up the area before the fall sports season gets under way. It all leads up to the Eagles' home opener Friday, Aug. 31, against Aiken.
"Our goal is to make Eagle Stadium the hub of community activity for all the football home games, and then in the spring to attract more people to spring sports," booster club president Jonolyn Ferreri said in a release. "Beaufort High has strong academics and strong athletics, and we are proud to put in our hard work to help."
Clifford expects around 20 parents and volunteers to team up with about 30 players to help get things ready for the upcoming campaign on the recently re-sodded field. Work is expected to begin around 8 a.m.
The group plans to spread new mulch, treat the grounds for ants and other pests, re-paint the goal posts, check light bulbs on the side streets and parking lots while also providing maintenance to the nearby trees. They will clean and re-hang sponsorship banners along the field, fence and press box while also cleaning and power-washing the locker room and concession stands.
"The field's in great shape," Clifford said. "It's just a preseason facelift."
The Eagles coach does not plan on making the event mandatory for his players but is still looking forward to a big group showing up.
"We've got our big nucleus of about 30 kids that lifted every day this summer," he said. "I'm sure they're going to be the main ones that are going to be out there. I'm not going to make it mandatory, but I'm going to very strongly encourage them to be out there.
"It's a good way for those players to show their appreciation by coming up and joining in."