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Football season started. Just one renovated Richland stadium is ready to host games

Latest look at new football stadium at Keenan High

Richland 1 school district has built a football stadium on the campus of Keenan High School. Both Keenan and Eau Claire high schools will use the stadium.
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Richland 1 school district has built a football stadium on the campus of Keenan High School. Both Keenan and Eau Claire high schools will use the stadium.

Two of the three Richland One football stadium construction projects aren’t ready to open yet, while one will be make its debut next week.

The district stadium at Keenan High School is scheduled to host two games next week with C.A. Johnson and Fox Creek playing Thursday and Eau Claire and Wagener-Salley on Friday.

Construction at Memorial Stadium and renovations at Lower Richland High School, however, won’t be completed. Because of that, A.C. Flora’s game against Columbia has been moved to Benedict College’s Charlie Johnson Stadium and will be played Thursday. Lower Richland’s planned home game against Westwood will be played instead at Westwood on Friday.

“It is never exact science when it comes to these kind of projects,” Richland One Director of Facilities Services Raymond Perkins said last month. “It is always a lot of moving parts especially with the amount of rain we had. We want to make sure we get it right.”

Perkins had hoped Memorial would be ready for next week and Lower Richland this week. But LR moved its game for Friday to Carolina Forest.

The stadium upgrades are part of nearly $40 million in athletics projects that have rolled out across the school district since 2015. After construction, all the district’s stadiums — Memorial, Keenan, Bolden and Lower Richland — will have similar features, including 5,000-seat capacity, artificial turf, video scoreboards and updated restrooms, press boxes and fencing.

­Bolden Stadium won’t be used this season but will be ready for next year.

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