Pine Tree set to play in their stadium after meeting ADA rules
POSTED: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:34pm
Longview, TX --- The Friday Night Lights will shine at Pine Tree’s stadium this week for the
season’s first football game against the Henderson Lions; football fans will see
a few changes when they arrive. Pirate Stadium is now equipped with additional
seating, portable ADA compatible restrooms, additional ramps a remodeled ticket
booth, and parking compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
ADA-compliant restrooms are located near the existing ones.
The district has rented 520 seats to place on the visitor side of the stadium
from Trinidad-based Specialty Event Seating Inc., Director of Facility Services
Tony Hollins reports. The rentals will remain in place throughout the school
year and are placed next to the visitor stands. A platform that runs the length
of the home side of the stadium between the end of the stadium and the fence
that separates the seats from the football field has also been added to allow
for additional ADA-compliant seating. Fans will find a total of 1500 seats
available on the visitor side and 3925 seats on the home side.
The ticket booth has moved to the former swimming pool ticket booth, Hollins
said. Plywood was removed in the old building, from spaces for windows and
lights were installed, he said. Additionally, parking for disabled guests was
added to the lot by the stadium. Renovations have also taken place in the
stadium press box where a new sub-floorwas installed, carpet added, the roof
repaired, and a guard rail installed.
In addition to a fresh coat of paint, a new voice has also been added to
promoting the Friday night event. Starting this week, Mark McLain with Legacy
Sports Network will bring a live broadcast that will be available to hear
through an internet stream. All games are archived on the Legacy Sports Network
website and available to listen to for a year. Each football broadcast will
begin at 7 p.m. with a pregame show that features an interview with Coach Huey
Chancellor as well as a different player each week. Halftime will feature an
interview with a PTISD administrator, coach of another sport, alumni, booster
club official or others involved in promoting the district. There will also be
time to play some of the music being performed by the Pine Tree band. To hear
the broadcast, go to Pine Tree’s district webpage, www.ptisd.org, and click on
the Friday Night Lights or Legacy link.
McLain lives in the East Texas area and is in his 31st year of broadcasting
Texas high school football and basketball. He has won over 30 awards for his
sports/news coverage from the Texas AP Broadcasters, Texas Association of
Broadcasters and the Press Club of Dallas.
“Over the years I have called games for radio stations in Kilgore, Marshall,
Temple, and Houston, as well as the Texas State Network, UIL Radio Network,
Baylor Radio Network, and Fox Sports Southwest,” he reports.
In addition to the live broadcast of every football game, McLain will provide a
show for sixteen of the boys’ basketball games (including all district games)
during the season. Depending on the schedule there will also be the ability to
broadcast selected girls basketball, boys and/or girls soccer, as well as
softball and baseball games.