Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Morgan: MVSU football will return to Itta Bena in 2011
GREENVILLE — Mississippi Valley State football coach Karl Morgan said Monday morning during a SWAC teleconference that he expects Valley to play its home games at Rice-Totten Stadium in 2011.
Morgan said the $4.5 million renovations to the visitors side of the stadium is scheduled to begin in January.
However, the renovations will not be completely finished until 2012, said Morgan.
Due to financial limitations, the visitors side will renovated in phases. The first phase should be completed by September 2011 in time for MVSU to play next year’s home games at the stadium, Morgan said.
“They’re going to tear down the whole visitor’s side,” he said. “It’s going to be steel and aluminum....It’s supposed to be a lot nicer.”
Morgan also added that a meeting was held Monday afternoon regarding the renovations.
A message left for an official in the Facilities Management Department was not returned by press time.
This year, MVSU has played two “home” games at Greenville-Weston High School. Their final game at GWHS will be Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. against Alabama A&M.
Morgan said there haven’t been any major problems so far with GWHS hosting Valley’s games.
“It hasn’t been a big problem....It’s just a 45-minute ride (from Itta Bena)....The city of Greenville has done a great job of hosting it,” said Morgan.
Added Morgan, “Hopefully, we’ll have a better facility when all this is said and done.”
MVSU travels to Texas Southern this week for a 4 p.m. kickoff.