Wossman High School’s new athletic facility, Pat Williams Field House, is near completion and will be operational by the start of the 2018 football season.

The $4 million project features indoor turf, balconies for coaches and potential spectators, new lockers, a weight room, meeting room and an elevator for coaches.

The brand new building is everything Wossman head coach Dean Smith hoped it would be.

“When I interviewed for the job years ago, I brought some pictures to show my vision of a Wossman field house,” Smith said. “I did that not knowing they were already in works with some bond money to build a brand new one. I actually got to go through the process of picking doors, paint and other details, and to see the construction the last two years, I can’t wait for it to be complete. I’m really excited how it turned out.”

Once the fire marshal approves the installation of a 4x6 hot tub, the keys to the building will be turned over to Smith and the staff. Smith anticipated that would come within a couple of days.

Along with the new field house, the school added a brand new scoreboard, which can be seen from the balconies on the second floor of the building.

The “observation deck” will be rented out to spectators who want to watch the game from said second-floor balcony. Smith is still discussing how much the balcony would rent for. That, along with potential banquets held in the team meeting room, are being discussed for the near future.

“I got that banquet idea from Neville High School,” Smith said. “Any time you can find a few ways to raise money, it’s always good for the school.”

Once the fire marshal turns the building over to the staff, Smith said the plan was to decorate the walls pictures and stickers that showcase Wossman pride.

Wossman opens the season against Benton at home Aug. 31.

Award-winning sports writer for columns and features since joining the field in 2013. As the first-ever featured columnist of the month at Bleacher Report, Martin cut his teeth with online media before joining the newspaper business in 2014.

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