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Holmes Moves All Home Football Games as Stadium Prepares for Renovations

The Holmes Bulldogs will play their home football games away from Tom Ellis Field this season.

The school announced Friday that the games were being moved because work is to begin on renovating the deteriorating field and stadium.

"The track will be replaced, the football field is getting artificial turf, and a new press box and scoreboard will be installed," said Stan Steidel, Holmes athletic director, in a letter to the Holmes community. The Bulldogs kick off their season on Friday evening, playing host to crosstown rival Holy Cross (which also uses Holmes's field for home games) at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, at 5:30 p.m. Holy Cross will use Cov Cath's and Thomas More College's fields for home games this season.

It was two years ago that the Tom Ellis Athletic Memorial (TEAM) Foundation announced its intentions to raise $1 million for a multi-purpose complex at the site of the current football field. By September of last year, $400,000 had been raised

The current amount being put towards the renovations was not announced by Steidel. 

Holmes's schedule will take it all over Northern Kentucky as a "home" team this season. The team also hosts Paris at Lloyd (Aug. 26), Harrison Co. at Lloyd (Sept. 23, which will be the team's Homecoming game), and Bourbon Co. at Boone Co. (7:30 p.m.).

-Staff report

Photo: Holmes football field (RCN file)