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Tipton Stadium still setting Science Hill apart from the crowd

Douglas Fritz • Mar 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Kermit Tipton Stadium began as a dream. Now it seems odd to think of the Science Hill landscape without it.

Science Hill used to play its football games at Memorial Stadium, which was in its day a good place for the games. However, it aged and the Hilltoppers’ football program was looking not just for an upgrade, but for a place that was on campus. Prior to building the new stadium, Science Hill had to get on a bus for home football games.

Science Hill targeted an area for the stadium, and in 2010 the dream became a reality. The 6,600-capacity multi-use facility was built in the valley beneath the high school.

The stadium opened with an electric atmosphere on Sept. 3, 2010, as Science Hill raced past Volunteer 49-13. New head coach Stacy Carter said, “It’s exciting, the whole thing. The good Lord has definitely blessed me to be in this place right now. We feel very lucky to be a part of this.”

Tipton Stadium continued to prove its worth when East Tennessee State University revived its football program. The Buccaneers liked what they saw in the Hilltoppers’ impressive field, and made their return to college football by playing their first two seasons, 2015 and 2016, at Kermit Tipton.

It is a state-of-the-art facility, even nine years after its birth. The artificial turf gives the venue a modern look. And the stadium seats, bleachers and brick outline fit nicely into the backdrop of the land that is overlooked by the venerable Freedom Hall facility.

And when Science Hill added a fieldhouse to the scene in 2015, it was a dramatic upgrade. The 13,000-square foot building houses dressing rooms, offices and a weight room. It was a multimillion-dollar project.

Hilltoppers’ athletic director Keith Turner commented during the opening of the fieldhouse that Science Hill athletes were “very fortunate to have these types of facilities.”

Kermit Tipton Stadium sets Science Hill apart from many high schools across the state.

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