VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – As the countdown to kickoff begins for the Vincennes Lincoln Alice Football Team’s 2014 season, changes are in the works to make the team’s facility at Inman Field a little better. The Alices open at home Friday against Sullivan. Due to concerns about heat, the game’s kickoff time has been rescheduled to 8:00 p.m., eastern Friday.
A contractor hired by the Vincennes Community School Corporation was on hand Wednesday at the stadium building a new press box atop the school’s home bleachers. Field crews scurried about painting lines on the field, and a team of four Knox County Jail inmates worked inside of the old concession stand transforming it into a locker room.
The facility’s new locker room, which is under construction, sits behind the existing away team bleachers. The 12,000 square foot facility will now be home to the stadium’s concession stands, home team locker room, and will feature a ‘hitting’ facility for baseball, softball and golf teams.
Vincennes Community Schools Superintendent Greg Parsley watched as crews worked Wednesday. Inman Field, which sits inside of Gregg Park, neighbors the newly built Rainbow Beach Pool. Parsley explained it was the corporation’s duty to make sure the facilities fall in line with all of the new amenities at the park.
“It made a lot of sense for us to be a better neighbor with the city of Vincennes as we start to completely transform,” said Parsley. Citing safety concerns for the existing home lockers, Parsley noted, the changes were ones that were needed.
“Our finished product is going to be much better for our students, our coaches, our fans, for the opposing teams,” he added.
The old locker rooms, according to school staffers, sit at one of the lowest elevations in the city; water draining issues, and sewage backup had become issue in the prior football season. Another safety concern being addressed at the field was its existing running track. Parsley described the track was too close the playing area, and had been removed and covered with sod. A concrete sidewalk was installed so spectators could get the stands.
“I think Inman is a historic place in Vincennes, there’s been a lot of good football played here through the years,” said Lincoln High School Athletic Director, Jeff Hein. Hein forecasted the 2014 Lincoln Alices to be a better team with more returning players from the year previous.
“Our football team should be pretty good this year, we have a good group of seniors about 14 seniors all pretty good athletes,” said Hein.
Despite the hurry up attitude to have all of the construction finished for the team’s Friday opener, some work would be left to play out through the first few games. Parsley stated that weather conditions proved unfavorable for some of the construction process.
“We’re not going to be completely done, weather has certainly hindered us this summer,” added Parsley.