PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Gautier Gators will still take on the Pascagoula Panthers on Friday during the annual Singing River Classic, but they will be doing it at a different venue than previously planned.
On Tuesday, the Pascagoula Gautier School District announced that the game will be played on Gautier's Vaughn-Wallace Field instead of in Pascagoula due to renovation work on the Panthers' football field.
Fields at both high schools have undergone major renovations recently, but school officials say Dutch-Binion Field in Pascagoula is not quite finished yet. It's a move they say they are making as a precaution to keep people safe. Because of the move, Pascagoula will host the Gators next year.
"We want to make sure we have the very best for our children here at Pascagoula Gautier School District," said superintendent Wayne Rodolfich. "It's just a great deal of work that has to be done and we don't believe that can happen in a quality manner prior to this weekend."
Parts of artificial turf still have to be installed.
"You can look and see that there are trash piles everywhere," said Rodolfich. "There's a great deal of clean up work that has to be done."
Parts of Artificial turf still have to be installed.
"Look here where you have these letters that are down. They're down but they have to be cut out and they have to be glued."
Part of the Track needs to be paved.
"All the orange area, the dirt, that's going to have to be paved. On top of that we have to put a fence line here for security purposes."
The administration says they don't want to rush it.
"We don't want to run so fast that we don't do a quality job on the installation because this thing has to last for years to come."
School officials say Panther season ticket holders with reserved seating will be refunded the difference in their tickets for this specific game.
Also being moved is Thursday night's game between Colmer and Gautier middle schools. Both the seventh grade game, which begins at 5 p.m., and the eighth grade game, which starts at 6 p.m., will be played at the Gautier stadium.
The Singing River Classic is this Friday at 7 p.m. at Vaughn-Wallace Stadium in Gautier.