WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - You're in the stands cheering on your favorite team, but the person next to you keeps bumping into you. That's how it used to be at West Monroe High School.
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The school is putting the finishing touches on its brand new stadium.
The seven million dollar project holds five thousand people, has more leg room, and unlike the old stadium, each seat has a benchback.
This project has been a labor of love since it started, not only for coaches and players, but the legacy of former head football coach, Don Show.
The stadium's completion also comes just in time for National Signing Day. As players are making one of the toughest decisions of their life, some say, it's a little bitter sweet.
"We wish we had the stadium finished for all the football games because these guys who are signing would have loved to play to the new stadium crowd," says Dan Lane, an assistant principal.
The old home side of the stadium will now be the visitor side, and its grand opening is scheduled for the Spring.
Meanwhile, West Monroe is working to keeping students from giving up on their education.
The school is finishing up its new vocational building.
The three million dollar project which will house several programs
such as welding, metal working, carpentry, and food sciences.
People involved with this project say its not just a great alternative for students who aren't planning to continue their education, but also a great way to help them enter the workforce after graduation.
Students in Louisiana are required by the state to have a certification before graduating high school.
The building is expected to be finished in March 2017.