Landstown High School’s tornado-damaged baseball field to be repaired in time for 2018 season

A soccer goal sits on the track at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach
A soccer goal sits on the track at Landstown High School after a tornado hit Virginia Beach in March 2017. (Justin Belichis)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Baseball players at Landstown High School will have something to look forward this coming season as repairs to their field are expected to be completed late next month after a tornado ripped through it in March.

It’s been seven months since the tornado hit Virginia Beach, leaving the school’s field in shambles and displacing the baseball team two months into their season.

Repair efforts began shortly after the tornado hit the field, destroying the building that housed the concession stand and press box and blowing a dugout off of its foundation, said Tony Arnold, executive director of facilities services in Virginia Beach.

As a result of the damage, both the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams finished the remainder of their seasons practicing in the school’s gym and at other schools. The varsity team finished its last six home games at Floyd E. Kellam High School.

The destruction to the field could prove to work out to the team’s benefit, however, as the damaged property will not only be repaired, but also renovated, Arnold said.

“What gets put back will be state of the art,” Arnold said. “It will function better, in terms of the dugout for the kids. The building behind home plate will also function better and operate better as a concession area, and the same thing with the press box up on the second floor.”

Arnold said that the dugout will be larger than before and contain more storage space. The concession stand and press box building, which was virtually destroyed, will be repositioned to better serve its users.

“If you were in the press box, you couldn’t see the game,” Arnold said.

Damaged fencing, bleachers, and flagpoles will also be fixed before the baseball team begins preparing for the 2018 season. Arnold said the repairs will likely be done in late November or the first week of December.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.

Contact Grice at jordan@southsidedaily.com.

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