Beekman will play the first game in its new on-campus stadium Friday night vs. Lakeside.
Preparations will likely continue until the last minute, but the Beekman Charter Tigers will play their first game at Keith Huntsman Field on campus Friday night against the Sibley Lakeside Warriors. A brief dedication ceremony will be held at 6:45, followed by opening kickoff at 7 p.m.
The new facility is named in honor of Huntsman, the current BCS board president and one of the the driving forces behind converting the former Beekman School (grades k-8) into a charter high school.
Home and visitors bleachers, a press box, a scoreboard with 25-second clocks, a concession stand and rest rooms have been added in recent weeks.
The final major step — putting up light poles and installing lights — is scheduled for completion later this week.
"I don't know if anybody is going to show up, but we are going to play here Friday night," Beekman coach Wade McDonald quipped. "Everything is ready to go."
Friday's game is the first of four home dates on the Tigers' schedule, along with Mangham (Sept. 29), Rayville (Oct. 20) and Ferriday (Nov. 3).
Beekman Charter has played its home games at Delta Junior High in Mer Rouge for the past four years as it made the transition from a junior high to a junior varsity to a varsity program. Prior to adding grades 9-12, Beekman Junior High played its home games at Bastrop High.
It has taken longer than originally planned, but the Tigers now have a home of their own.