HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to reintroduce the historical Smokie Harrington Park.
On Feb. 10, 2013, a tornado wreaked havoc on the stadium that once saw the New York Yankees play. Since the damage, the Tigers have not had a true home game in about three years.
"Even though (the tornado) brought us through adversity. An already close team and an already close staff became even closer," said Cheyenne Trussell, director of athletics and student activities.
After three years of playing 'home' games at William Carey, USM, PRCC, JCJC and other surrounding high schools, the Tigers are happy to have a permanent park to play in.
"We're just glad to be back home," Hattiesburg head baseball coach Joe Hartfield said.
The Tigers will open action against Sumrall in the newly renovated Smokie Harrington Park at 7 p.m. on Friday.