The red dirt was raked, the grass freshly mowed and all was ready for the first game to be played at Glynn Academy’s new athletic complex.
Al Boudreau, executive director of operations for Glynn County Schools, said it’s been a goal of the school system to have the field completed for the start of the Lady Terrors’ softball season.
And they succeeded, he said.
“Everything’s scheduled to be done by December,” said Boudreau, during a walk-through of the facility on Wednesday. “(The softball field) will be a little ahead of the time.”
The softball field still lacks metal bleachers and roofing that will cover the seats. Boudreau said both should be installed by the end of September.
“For now, people can come bring their chairs, sit here and watch the game,” he said.
Once completed, the 16-acre complex will also include a baseball field, an indoor batting and pitching facility and a football field and track.
Orange tape and cones are still scattered around the site, which sits in the backyard of Glynn Middle School. Visitors to the complex can enjoy a view of the Sidney Lanier Bridge on one side and of a Brunswick city water tower on the other.
Adam Wainwright, a Glynn Academy alumnus and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, donated 10 acres of land on Lanier Blvd. for the facility to be built. Construction began last winter.
“He basically bought the property, and then we had this budgeted for over at Edo,” Boudreau said. “And of course this worked out a whole lot better because we ended up with the track.”
The football field will serve Glynn Middle’s football and soccer teams, and Glynn Academy will use the track.
The 13,000-square foot indoor batting and pitching facility will also house girls’ and boys’ locker rooms and coaches’ offices.
“When it’s finished, it’ll have astroturf on the floor and it’ll have the netting up inside to make three pitching and batting lanes,” Boudreau said. “And then it will still have a good bit of room at the other end for general purpose stuff.”
Bermuda grass has been planted on the baseball field, as a base, and ryegrass will be planted in the winter.
Boudreau said the field will be ready for the baseball team’s 2018 season.
“For so long, we had that one baseball field at Edo that everybody shared,” he said. “Now we’re going to have Edo, plus Brunswick High and this field. It’s been long overdo.”
The baseball field bleachers will seat about 400 people. The softball field will seat about 200.
The main parking lot will be accessed from Lanier Blvd., and a separate parking lot has been built for players.
The whole project has remained on schedule and under budget, Boudreau said.
Glynn Academy’s softball team had the chance bring the first victory to the new complex Thursday night, when the Lady Terrors won their season opener 6-1 against Brantley County.
“Our first milestone was to have the girls play here when they’re season started … And the baseball field is well underway,” Boudreau said.