NHHS field house condemned

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - School officials and school board members are trying to determine a way to renovate a condemned building on the New Hanover High School campus.

Football players have used the filed house for decades to change and store equipment, but now they're stuck in the heat.

"We really didn't see it coming we thought we were moving forward in the right direction and then out of the blue one day we're moving forwards the next day it's condemned," said Athletic Director Keith Moore.

The athletic department said they were in the process of fixing the building with private funds to make it safer for the players when it got condemned.

Now, instead of using the field house the players have to use a building that's not equipped for their needs.

"We're not trying to let it distract us we just get in here and change and get out as fast as we can it is different and hotter but you've just got to do what you've got to do," said Moore.

Senior Devin Roberts said he is disappointed because the field house has been a landmark on the school's campus.  He said it was even in use when his mom attended the school.

The school board has already started the process of upgrading the field house, but they aren't sure how much it will cost or where the money will come from.

"It's unfortunate we're in the situation we're in, but it is what it is," said Nick Rhodes.  "We've got to work hard to correct the situation."

"We're continuing to try to move forward on a daily basis and hopefully we'll get some positive information as we move along," said Moore.

While the Wildcats prepare for opening night, they are hoping that one day they'll be able to re-open the doors and use the historic field house once again.

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