As is tradition, President Rob Huntington was among the first to welcome the 172 members of the Heidelberg football team to campus as they arrived Wednesday for their first day of workouts.
The team was also the first to hear an update on the progress of Hoernemann Stadium and The Fox Den Alumni Center, which will be their home.
Providing some historical perspective, Rob told the team, “The idea or dream for a home stadium didn’t just pop up in 2009. It is a dream that Heidelberg and the community has had continuously in place for the past 30 years. Now we’re getting it done.”
Here’s what the team, coaching staff and the community can expect:
First home game Sept. 6 -- When the Student Princes open the season against Alma College, the permanent bleachers are expected to be ready for fans. However, there will still be work to be completed on the rest of the facility.
“We lost four-six weeks due to weather, so the rest of the building won’t be ready on September 6th,” he said.
Second home game Sept. 27 -- After a three-week break that includes a bye week and an away game, the best-case scenario, then, would be that the press box and coaches’ booths will be ready when the Berg hosts Ohio Northern.
Homecoming Oct. 11 -- The president and others involved hope the facility will be completely ready when the Berg squares off against Muskingum. A dedication ceremony is being planned for that day.
“That’s our goal. That’s the day we expect the stadium to fully come on line. We expect to have full access, inside and out,” he told the team and coaches.
“Rest assured, there are a lot of excited people who will be coming to see you play, and you should take pride in that. “You’ve created a lot of excitement as a team.”
As has the new $4.8 million facility.