NAUGATUCK — The Tug Valley Panthers are eagerly awaiting the beginning of another construction job happening on campus.
The beginning of construction on the new athletic complex will be a big step forward for the Panthers. The location of the new complex will be on top of the old baseball field. The baseball field and the softball field have been moved to behind the football field. A lot of construction has been taking place on Tug Valley High School campus during the last year. The vision has yet to become evident to the locals but the foundations are set.
The concrete blocks have recently been delivered to the site and construction is scheduled to begin shortly. Everything is appearing to line up as construction on the new bridge that will lead to the new parking lot is nearing completion also.
The Panthers were able to complete an over-haul on the football field and bleacher assembly before the beginning of last football season. After the Panthers semi-final playoff appearance in 2014 it was apparent that the Panthers would need to add more room to the stadium to meet the accommodation requirements to host a playoff game at home. The Panthers had been using Mingo Central as a home Stadium during the 2014 season but was finally able to secure construction and play at home during the 2015 season.
The Panthers baseball and softball teams are still stuck in the loop of migrating to different locations to play home games. Some are played in Williamson,some at Delbarton, and some at Kermit. The completion of the bridge will help speed construction of the new fields. The sites for the new fields are in place but actual construction on the sites are still somewhere in the future.
Last football season, the Panthers and visiting teams made the long walk from the gymnasium to the field before, during, and after the game. The new athletic complex will have locker rooms and a weight room included inside. Completion of the complex was said to be before the beginning of the 2016 season but no date of completion has officially been released.
(William plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] on on twitter @sidplaster.)