West Monroe Rebels may hit the road for football season opener

Courtesy: KNOE
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Football season is right around the corner, but kickoff at West Monroe's upgraded stadium may have to wait. Delays in construction may force the first few home games to hit the road.

From a sold out stadium, to the rigid grinding of a saw, change is in the air out at Rebel Stadium. Fans like Wayne Clower have been waiting for months to see the finished product.

"There's a lot of money being spent on that, but they need it now," Clower said. "They waited way too late to get started on something like this."

A familiar saying, which is repeating itself, as growing pains flare up once again. A $7 million expansion of Rebel Stadium was delayed by February's flooding rains, and that delay may force the first home football games onto rival territory.

Assistant Principal Dan Lane says it's a small problem to a bigger picture.

"If it's late, it's late. We're not complaining. We're so happy to have a wonderful new stadium," Lane said.

Piles of dirt and stacks of brick surround the West Monroe stadium right now, but Lane says the exact plans for the start of football season aren't yet set in stone. It was set to be done September 1st, but now crews say it may be October before the facility is finished.

Lane says even though the seating may look finished, there's plenty happening just out of view.

"For about three weeks it'll begin to look finished, but there's still interior work to be done," Lane said.

It's a labor of love benefiting West Monroe coaches, players, and living up to a legacy- Don Shows' memory.

"[I] never had a chance to meet him, but [he] always loved the game," Clower said.

The first game's location is still to be determined, but ultimately the game will go on. School leaders are expecting to talk about final plans for the home football games in a meeting Thursday, as well as one scheduled next week.