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Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)


Soddy-Daisy soccer will have a new home for at least part of the spring season.

A sinkhole has caused the move.

"It's approximately 15 feet deep and about six feet wide," school principal Steve Henry said.

The hole is near midfield.

"There may have been some water leakage at one time or maybe the drought had an effect on it," said Henry, who played on the field as a Red Bank football team member in the 1970s. "I've been told that stadium was built in the (19)40s."

The school system is going to pay for repairs.

"I know they want to test and get core samples around the field to make sure it's not going to fall in elsewhere, and then they're going to put in different layers of rock and soil to fill it," Henry added. "It is probably going to be at least a month."

In the meantime, Soddy-Daisy soccer matches likely will be held at the Middle Valley youth complex and Henry said the Trojans' annual tournament may be moved to Bryan College in Dayton.

There were thoughts of using the high school's football field, but it has minor issues with top-dressing and filling low spots that need to be taken care of this spring.


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March 3, 2017


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