With some upgrades that include new track and turf, Fort Valley State University is looking to have a brighter and better field! Get the story from Nick Gibson at WGXA below.

Fort Valley State University is making renovations on Wildcat stadium.

A new track and turf will be coming to this particular venue.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity that we had,” says Athletic Director Anthony Holloman.

Soon FVSU’s football and track and field program will now have renovated playing surfaces.

“Not only put down a new play surface, but also our state of the art track. Wildcat Stadium is one of the nicest and largest stadiums in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC),” says Holloman.

According to Holloman, this entire project which started in late July costs the university 1.5 million dollars.

The goal was to finish by the Wildcats home opener this weekend against Lane College

But they are going to slightly miss that deadline.

“The turf is down, but there are a few more things that need to be taken care of before we can open the stadium,” says Holloman.

Getting goal posts is on the list.

“Also putting up new play clocks. So, we had to move different wiring we are doing some different things with the fencing. To make it a better place to watch a football game,” says Holloman.

Because of the delays, Fort Valley’s home opener will be played at Peach County High School, this Saturday at 2 PM.

“Dr. Lionel Brown the superintendent was very good to us in allowing us to play a football game at their new facility,” says Holloman.

FVSU head football coach Maurice Flowers says because of the new turf, the early bird will get the worm.

“Turf brings ways for us to practice in the morning, and make sure all of our young men are up and ready to go to class. Studies have shown that once the athletes are up, they’re more than likely to go to class. That’s what it’s all about and that’s being a student-athlete,” says Flowers.

These renovations will be complete by October 9th.

Just in time for their home game against Central State University.