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Construction underway at East Ridge stadium

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -

The sound of construction equipment means the East Ridge Pioneers are one step closer to home field advantage again. 

It took nearly two seasons but Raymond James Stadium finally has a fan section. 

Last winter, inspectors deemed the old stands too dangerous and forced demolition. 

"It's been a while coming. We feel very fortunate that the department of education stepped up and provided the funds for the replacement of the home stands of Raymond James Stadium," ERHS Football Coach Tim James said. 

This stadium means more to James and his family. Not only did he play here, but that name on the stadium? That's his Dad. 

Other alumni support the improvements too. 

"I feel like they deserve that because I don't want someone to be injured. I want sports to go on," Susan Darby said. 

"There's kind of a buzz within the community of the excitement to see this work in progress," James added. 

The district set aside nearly $1 million to fix six other stadiums. 

A big price tag that District 1 School Board Member Rhonda Thurman said beat the alternative. 

"One lawsuit could cost us more than it would cost to fix them all. So we're going to have to bite the bullet and fix the stadiums," she added. 

The sound of cheering fans will echo throughout these stands in about two weeks. 

We checked on construction at Howard and Tyner, officials expect construction on both sets of visitor bleachers at those schools to be done by the 2nd week of November. 

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