TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Starting next season, for the first time in over 25 years, the Rickards baseball and softball programs will play on campus after nearly nine months of renovations, once new fields at the high school are complete.
Current and former athletes and friends of Raider Athletics gathered at the new facility Tuesday morning for a ribbon cutting, complete with a first pitch thrown out by Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna.
Both fields have been located at Fairview Middle since the early 90's and the excitement of having athletics back on campus was felt amongst everyone.
"This means a lot to Rickards High School, the alumni, the southside. We have very good, nice fields to play on now," said Claudette Farmer, Rickards Athletic Director. "I think the sense of pride, excitement in our kids. I think when people look at our school, they're going to want to come here. It's exciting. A great facility."
When both fields are done, there will be a higher net put up on the baseball field to protect cars, but both fields will be ready to play on next season.