UPDATE | Laidley Field repairs expected by Aug. 19

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 8/15/19 @ 11:40 p.m.
Although Capital High School had another practice Thursday evening at their home away from home at Dupont Middle, things are looking up for the Cougars.

Work is underway to make repairs at Laidley Field in Charleston after severe storms damaged several things at the stadium in June.

It was announced Thursday during the Kanawha County School Board's meeting that Laidley Field will be ready for them by Monday, Aug. 19 -- in time for the team's first home football game on Aug. 30.

A tornado in late June delayed repairs at UC Stadium and caused the project to fall two weeks behind its target finish date.

The extra drive time and no home practice field has created some frustration in the community.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/30/19
Repair work is underway at Laidley Field in Charleston after severe storms left behind a path of destruction in June.

Crews say the tornado that came through in June damaged several things at the stadium, including the goal posts, turf and timing house for the track.

Doug Carte, the facility manager, says both goal posts were bent, and there were several rips in the turf.

He says the turf also rippled. He says some of the bleachers and fencing was damaged.

Carte says they have already ordered replacements for the field goals. On Tuesday, crews were out working to fix some of the turf that was damaged.

He says the goal is to have everything fixed by the start of football season, which is Aug. 22.

Carte says work is also underway to replace the track at the stadium, which is unrelated to the storm damage.