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10/11/06-Longview

No More Home Games At Carthage High

       No more home football games for an East Texas high school for at least a year. Martin Stadium in Carthage has been ruled unsafe after a structure break.

    "We talked to the kids and said, we know your disappointed that you're not going to get any more games at home. There's a sense of loss if we're not able to play at Martin Stadium, there's alot of tradition here" said Carthage ISD Superintendent Reba Allison.

      During Carthage's game September 29, a section of the stadium's home bleachers buckled along the front row. Because of that, engineers say the stadium is not safe, and the team will have to play their last 3 home games on the road. For 58 years , Martin Stadium has been the traditional home of Bulldog football, that tradition may come to an end now.

     The Bulldogs are ranked tenth in the state in Class 3A, and fan support is high.

     "I was head cheerleader for Carthage. I cheered for 5 years, I'm sad about the stadium but I'll support them" said former student Alyse Allen.  

    Losing the stadium also means a huge loss of needed revenue from concessions.

   "Our band boosters our athletic boosters are going to give up about 10-thousand dollars for not getting those 3 home games, there's nothing we can do about it" Allison says.   

       Many believe the 25-hundred seat stadium is outdated, and that it's time for a change.

     "I think it's a long time coming , we need one" said longtime bulldog supporter David White.

     "How much money is it gong to cost to fix that stadium is that stadium what we need for the next 25 years" says Allison.    

        2 of Carthage's remaining home games will be played in Nacogdoches, one is yet to be determined. The school district is waiting to hear from structural engineers on "whether" they should repair the stadium or just build a new one. School officials say if plans go in effect for a new stadium, it could take up to 2 years to build.

         Bob Hallmark, Reporting bhallmark@kltv.com .

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