NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Friday night lights are dimming at Attaway-Heinsohn Stadium in North Charleston.
The community has gathered at the field for decades. The stadium is being torn down to make way for a new school and for many, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
“We just had a lot of history, a lot of time spent up there in the coach’s office and hanging out. You end up with a whole community of extra dads, of extra big brothers because you have a whole football team. You’re there every Friday night,” said Sarah Nell Blackwell, daughter of former coach Jim Boyce.
To make sure the stadium goes out with a bang, a community tailgate will be held before the game. It starts at 4:30 at the old entrance to the high school and will feature food, music, and fun. Old coaches and players are asked to join the fun and be part of a commemorative coin toss.
While North Charleston’s athletic director says they understand why, it’s a place they’re going to miss.
“We understand why the field is being torn down, you know, there’s a silver lining behind it all, but we’re going to miss it. It has a lot of history, you’re never going to find a stadium that looks like this stadium again,” said Raymond Knauer, Athletic Director.
The stadium has hosted hundreds of football games, but for now where the Cougars will play next is up in the air.
“We’ll be without a stadium until the new stadium is built. We’ll have to be willing to work with other schools, to ask to use their fields whenever they’re not using it,” Knauer said.