Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:45 AM
Thursday, Aug 2 at 10:56 AM
BELMONT, N.C.-- It's down to the wire for South Point's marching band. The first home game is in two weeks and the band is busy gearing up, getting ready to showcase its competition routine,
Drum Major Madison Alexander calls the experience "nerve wrecking" at times.
That's because South Point High School is one of three Gaston County schools undergoing serious stadium repairs.
"I know I'll be in the stand and I want to know that everything is OK with the crowd," said Alexander.
Engineers found dangerous cracks and structural problems in the stadiums at South Point, East Gaston and Cherryville High Schools. Other Gaston County stadiums also had structural damage, but to a lesser extent. The County spent more than $4 million in repairs for all schools, and booster clubs also raised money.
"It's really important because we've worked hard and the football team has worked really hard. And we all want to make a good impression," said Drum Major Natalee Clayton.
Crews are working to install new bleachers on the school's visitor side this week. They are also doing other repairs throughout the athletic facilities.
At East Gaston and Cherryville High Schools, construction is ongoing. While some repairs won't be done in time for the beginning of the 2012 football season, the schools will bring in temporary bleachers and concession stands for football games. With one exception, administrators have decided they won't change schedules at any Gaston County schools.
"We put a lot of time and effort and practice into what we do. It would be nice to see everyone stay in the stands," said South Point band member Destiny Moore.
The South Point band is hoping the new seats will stay filled throughout their half-time routine.
County administrators say that the only change in schedule will be rivals East Gaston and South Point. That game will now be played at South Point because construction will be ongoing at East Gaston, and South Point will be better able to handle crowds.
To see the schools' schedules for the 2012 season, click the links below.