The stadium at East Ridge High in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been condemned by the city of East Ridge because of structural damage, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
East Ridge coach Tracy Malone said the team won’t play at home this week at Raymond James Stadium and will face Signal Mountain in a neutral site game at Heyward Stadium at Baylor High.
According to the report, an East Ridge fire marshal visited the school three weeks ago. A code inspector returned the next week and the stadium was condemned. Hamilton County School officials received a letter detailing the issues and what needed to be done to bring the stadium up to code. The stadium was built in the 1950s.
The damage is on the home side of the stadium. The team is still expected to be able to use the locker room and coaches’ offices. It is possible the team could play the rest of its games away from home.
Lee McDade, assistant superintendent for the school system, told the Times Free Press that a structural engineer will assess the stadium.
“I don’t know if it can be patched enough to make it through the season or not,” he said. “If he says it is structurally sound, we’ll go from there. If not, we’ll have to see. I don’t want to speculate.”