NEW ROADS, La (NBC33) — The final touches are being put in place for New Roads' first new football stadium in more than half a century.
"It's a field of dreams," says New Roads mayor Robert Myer
Myer and the rest of New Roads couldn't be more excited about the 1200 seat stadium that was built in only about four months.
"The senior citizens who beam with pride when you do something for your community. The response from the community has just been overwhelming," says Myer.
"A lot of work went into it. A lot of thought went into it and it's turned out to be such a great project,” says New Roads resident Gus Dukes.
Dukes was one of the people who dropped by the stadium for the first time. And while he's looking forward to catching the game, he says the field stands for much more than just football.
"It brings people closer together and it makes a great place to gather," says Dukes.
That's been tough since the city's last mayor Tommy Nelson was convicted in federal court for his involvement in "Operation Blighted Officials."
"We needed to recreate what people thought about New Roads and how the community felt about itself," says Myer.
And people in New Roads are taking notice.
"It looks like we're doing what we need to do to put ourselves on the map, so this is a great place to come," says Dukes.
But people in New Roads can't wait for 7:30 when their Green Hornets of Catholic of Point Coupee play their homecoming game on the new field.
"We're looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to getting here tonight," says Dukes.