Ber­gen Dis­cusses Sports Com­plex

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McDon­ald County High School ath­letic di­rec­tor Bo Ber­gen re­cently gave an up­date on the progress of the fu­ture ath­letic sports com­plex.

He be­gan by ex­press­ing his thanks to mem­bers of the school board for “their will­ing­ness to help the kids and meet the needs of the ath­letes — be open to ideas. It re­ally shows it’s all about the kids.”

He con­tin­ued, “I re­ally think this project will pro­vide a boost of morale for the com­mu­nity and make our school a front-run­ner for fa­cil­i­ties. I think it will re­ally help the en­ergy for Fri­day night foot­ball games. I an­tic­i­pate more stu­dents get­ting in­volved. It will give our stu­dents some­thing to be proud of.”

In ad­di­tion to the new build­ing, there will be a new turf field.

“It’s not just go­ing to help our school pro­grams; we can host com­mu­nity events and we won’t have to worry about dam­ag­ing the grass field. Turf is a lot more durable,” Ber­gen said.

He em­pha­sized the new fa­cil­ity will not be just for foot­ball but for all sports.

“It pro­vides a new field for soc­cer. The band can use the turf with no wor­ries of dam­age,” he said. He also added the track team will be able to use the new field, which will have new jump pits, high jump, and a new area for dis­cus and shot put.

Ber­gen said, “The ath­letic com­plex, in par­tic­u­lar, will have an in­door area the foot­ball team will use, as well as other sports when out of sea­son. The ju­nior high wrestling team will have an area to prac­tice.”

There will be a new train­ing room where stu­dents can get treated and a new weight room to elim­i­nate space is­sues the high school has now, he said. There will also be a new locker room with a locker for ev­ery player in the pro­gram, he added.

The up­stairs portion of the build­ing will fea­ture a col­lege-style film room and an­other locker room, which track and soc­cer will have ac­cess to. Also up­stairs will be two coaches’ of­fices, a con­fer­ence room and a laun­dry room, he said.

There will also be an ob­ser­va­tion mez­za­nine on the in­side, where coaches can watch teams prac­tice from above and record prac­tices. Also, there will be an out­door ter­race on the front of the build­ing with space for up to 100 peo­ple to have events or watch games, Ber­gen said.

On the front of the build­ing, there will be a con­ces­sion stand for use dur­ing games.

“We wanted a more cen­tral lo­ca­tion for re­strooms and con­ces­sions be­tween the two sides,” Ber­gen said.

The turf field will fea­ture a Mus­tang in the cen­ter and the word “Mus­tangs” in both end zones. It will also have al­ter­nat­ing shades of green ev­ery five yards and a sur­face that ac­com­mo­dates both foot­ball and soc­cer.

There is an op­por­tu­nity for spon­sors and donors to be fea­tured on the turf sur­face it­self. The ad­ver­tise­ments will be lo­cated on the home side of the field out­side of the side­line. “We plan to use their con­tri­bu­tions to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for our ath­letes di­rectly,” Ber­gen said.

The build­ing will be lo­cated on the south side of the foot­ball field be­tween the prac­tice field and the game field. It will be about 15,000 square feet.

The turf field will be com­pleted by Feb. 11, 2019, and the build­ing could be com­pleted as early as July 2019.

Ber­gen con­cluded, “I’m ex­cited to give the kids some­thing we’ve needed for a long time. I think it will help our ath­letic pro­gram tremen­dously. I think it will give our com­mu­nity some­thing to be proud of, as well as our kids.”

He ex­pressed his thanks to ev­ery­one in­volved in early dis­cus­sions about the project, as well as the school board and Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Stan­ton.

“I think it will help our ath­letic pro­gram tremen­dously. I think it will give our com­mu­nity some­thing to be proud of, as well as our kids.”

Bo Ber­gen

MCHS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor

RACHEL DICKERSON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County High School ath­letic di­rec­tor Bo Ber­gen holds a mock-up of the new turf field that will be in­stalled. Along with a new ath­letic sports com­plex, the field is part of im­prove­ments to the school’s ath­let­ics pro­gram.

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