Valdosta High School Making Strides on New Football Stadium

While crews continue to build for the future, some Wildcat fans are working hard to preserve the rich history of the nation's winningest team.

Valdosta High's Bazemore-Hyder stadium has played host to 23 Georgia state championship teams. While the old bleachers are gone, the new stadium is impressing many folks around the Azalea City.

Joe Ethier of the Valdosta High Touchdown Club says, "I think its tremendous for the tradition, but also for the upcoming cats, for the upcoming kids in our community. It gives them the finest quality stadium and program to play in for years to come."

Included in the design is a memorial to the stadium's namesakes, coaches Wright Basemore and Nick Hyder. For $100, fans can purchase a brick for the memorial, which will fund the stadium's Wildcat Museum.

Leaders with Valdosta's Touchdown Club say purchasing one of the memorial bricks is not only a great way to help keep the past alive, but it helps preserve a winning future for this storied program.

Bettie Bazemore, widow of one of the honored coaches, says she loves the idea that future generations will have a place to learn about the tradition her husband and coach Hyder started.

"I think the brick idea and the memorial walk and the garden area are just going to be first class. I really believe this is what we needed to carry on the tradition," says Bettie.

Tradition that will resume play later this fall.

The memorial bricks will pay for the upkeep of the Wildcat Museum, while the rest of the stadium will be funded through money from Valdosta's special purpose local option sales tax.