By Ray Hamill — The Eureka High School football team will play its home opener at Albee Stadium next week, but the Loggers may be forced to find another home field later in the season.
The iconic local stadium is set to undergo substantial renovations soon, including the installation of a new all-weather synthetic field.
But that won’t affect the start of the football season, with the Loggers given the go-ahead to host at least two games there this fall.
After the Arcata game, Eureka will travel to play Ukiah on Sept. 9 before returning to Albee to host crosstown rival St. Bernard’s on Sept. 16.
That, however, could be the final football game played at Albee before renovation begins, although no start date for the construction has been officially set just yet.
The Loggers have a road-heavy schedule this fall, with just three of their nine games at home.
They are scheduled to host Del Norte in their league opener on Oct. 21, but five of their last six games are on the road.
A fourth home game was scheduled for week two, but was canceled when their opponents backed out.
The new field at Albee is only part of the new construction either planned or already under way at Eureka High.
A new gymnasium is scheduled to open this winter, while new baseball and softball fields are also being planned.
The Eureka High soccer teams will also continue to host their games at Albee for now, although that could change if construction begins this fall.
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