NW unveils football stadium improvements

By SPECIAL TO THE SUN-SENTINEL,

SENATOBIA — The new artificial turf playing surface at Bobby Franklin Field on the campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Local dignitaries were on hand to participate in the event, which highlighted a two-year, two-phase stadium refurbishment project.

Phase I, underway, includes an Astroturf Gameday 3D Trionic playing surface, six-lane running track, new brick and iron fencing, and larger electronic scoreboard.

Phase II, which will begin shortly, will feature a new stadium entrance, ticket booth and bookstore, updated press box, LED field lighting system, home bleacher expansion and visitor bleacher replacement.

Members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees, including local trustees David Hargett of Tallahatchie County, Steve Cummings of Yalobusha County, Dorothy Wilbourn of Panola County and Judy Bland of Quitman County, were honored guests at the Sept. 5 ribbon-cutting.

Benefactors of the college’s new state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard were recognized, including Dr. Edward Field of University Sports Medicine, Steve Thompson of Cornerstone Rehabilitation, Michael Joe Cannon of Cannon Motors of Mississippi, Jay Tindall of Sycamore Bank and Jimmie Stennett of Sayle Oil Company.

“Without the generosity of these gentlemen, the purchase of this magnificent new scoreboard would not have been possible,” said NWCC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon. “It really adds to the game day atmosphere and is an impressive addition to our stadium. We are truly grateful for these contributions.”


IN THE PHOTO: Northwest Mississippi Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Patti Gordon (far left) and Northwest President Dr. Michael Heindl (far right) welcome benefactors of the college’s new state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard to the Rangers’ football home opener Sept. 5, as the new artificial turf playing surface is officially opened with a pregame ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also participating (from left) are Dr. Edward Field of University Sports Medicine, Steve Thompson of Cornerstone Rehabilitation, Michael Joe Cannon of Cannon Motors of Mississippi, Jay Tindall of Sycamore Bank and Jimmie Stennett of Sayle Oil Company.  (Photo by Julie Bauer)