South Charleston football now has a place to call its own.
After years of playing games at Lions Field in Dunbar and Oakes Field in South Charleston, the Black Eagles administration has made the call to move all its home games to the field behind the high school, starting with a Sept. 6 date against St. Albans.
Crews have been working feverishly at the site in recent weeks with hopes of playing at least some games there this season, but on Tuesday Principal Mike Arbogast finally felt safe in announcing the move of all home games to the field, which got a new layer of grass over the summer.
Arbogast met Tuesday with South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens and other city officials before making the call.
"We're going to make a run with it," Arbogast said. "We've still got some things to finish up, but we're close enough. There will be a couple of glitches, of course, but we want to make it as fan-friendly and accessible as possible.
"A lot of people in the community helped make it affordable. You can't have something nice without having something put into it.''
South Charleston was one of six Kanawha County schools that received new bleachers and lights for their football fields in 2007 as part of an excess levy passed by voters in 2003.
George Washington, another of the schools receiving bleachers and lights, moved all its home game to Steve Edwards Sr. Field in South Hills in 2010, leaving its former home, Laidley Field.
Other home games for SC this season are Sept. 20 (Nitro), Sept. 27 (Capital), Oct. 4 (Parkersburg) and Oct. 18 (Winfield).
"The kids are really excited about getting to play up there,'' Arbogast said. "We really wanted to do this for the school. Playing games on the campus of the school is the way to go. I hope it gives us a little bit more school pride. We wanted to give them a little bit of a sense of ownership, a true home field.''