Crash wants to renovate C-K stadium

Published 2:42 am Thursday, January 15, 2009

The memories are still alive. Coach Ryan Barnhouse wants the stadium to do the same.

Barnhouse, coach of the minor league Ceredo-Kenova Crash football team, wants to preserve the memoris of Ward-Craycraft Stadium with a facelift.

The stadium is the new home for the Crash, but it originally housed the C-K Wonders high school teams when the program went 244-61-1 with 10 state titles under coach Carl Ward and continues as the site for the middle school and youth league games.

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“Ward-Craycraft has way too many memories and history to be allowed to deteriorate,” said Barnhouse. “We intend to return the stadium to what it once was so that all can enjoy it again.”

The Crash is joining with the community to renovate the locker rooms and to do painting, fence repair, re-seed the turf, carpentry, and plumbing and electrical work.

“The one thing the worthy project lacks is funds, so we are reaching out to the local communities for help,” said Barnhouse.

Barnhouse said donations are being accepted along with service work donations and corporate sponsorships.

“The goal is to make Ward-Craycraft a stadium the community can take pride in again and also make it a good facility to the teams that call it home,” said Barnhouse.

Any businesses or individuals interested in making a donation or assist in the project should contact Barnhouse at (304) 421-8591, youth football representative Joe Ratcliff (304) 617-9465, Mayor Rick Griffith at city hall, or the Griffith and Fiel Pharamacy.