Hattiesburg Public Schools spent $2.2 million to rebuild historic Smokie Harrington Baseball Park.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Hattiesburg High School is preparing to host its first home baseball game in three years.
On Feb. 26, the school will play Sumrall High School in the first home game since a devastating tornado destroyed much of historic Smokie Harrington Park on Feb. 10, 2013.
The school district has spent $2.2 million to rebuild the facility, which hosted its first game in 1948.
A new press box and clubhouse has also been added.
"Home field advantage here is a little bit different than everywhere else, because we have such as big field," said Joe Hartfield, head baseball coach for Hattiesburg High School. "Our guys know how to hit here and field here and pitch here and there's just a certain approach you have to have here and we're excited to be back."
"Traveling to other places, some people can't make it to the games, but right here, we're back home and it just means a lot," said C.J. Anderson, a senior first baseman for the Hattiesburg High School baseball team.
A new indoor hitting facility is also under construction at the park.