PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Soon, hundreds of children participating in Pass Christian's youth sports program will know what it's like to have a home field advantage. The city is about two months away from finishing construction on a new sportsplex.
The field will serve as home turf for 150 pee wee football players and cheerleaders. Pass Christian's Recreation Director, Bret Bentz, said having a football field just for the youth sports will definitely be a game changer.
"Having our own football field and not having to share with Pass High like we've done over the years will give our kids an opportunity to play at their own field," said Bentz. "We can make up our own rules and do things the way we like to do them without going through anybody else."
Bentz said when the youth teams played on Saturday mornings after a Friday night high school football game, those in charge of the youth program would have to go to the stadium at 5 a.m. to clean up before the parents and kids arrived. He is happy not to have to do that anymore.
City leaders said work on the $800,000 sportsplex also includes new bleachers and dugouts for the baseball field.
"We're going to have two press boxes. One for the baseball field and one for the football field," said Bentz. "We're going to have a concession stand. We'll have a storage area to keep all our youth sports equipment, and that will be a huge help from running back and forth to get things done."
Since the sportsplex is on Fleitas Avenue, the hope is the game day excitement will spill over into downtown.
"This is right in the middle of the downtown area, and there's about a hundred people who come to those games to watch the kids play. Hopefully, they'll mosey on to the downtown area do some shopping or eating," Mayor Chipper McDermott.
City leaders said the new sportsplex is part of a FEMA project to replace a gym that was destroyed in Katrina.