Contaminated football field forces Radford into away gamesUPDATED 10:35 PM HST Jun 27, 2014Video Transcript
DIS- advantage..." Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. A contaminated field is forcing A local football team to find a home AWAY from home. KITV4's Brenton Awa explains in tonights top story. 15 We're still a month-and-a- half away from the start of the high school football season but it appears that won't be enough time to get this field ready for those Friday night lights. We're told these Radford football players will have to play all of their home games... away. 608 - 617 "HOMECOMING IS A BIG THING FOR ANY HIGH SCHOOL AND TO TELL US THAT AIEA IS GOING TO BE THE HOME SCHOOL FOR HOMECOMING KIND OF UPSET THE PARENTS THAT THE VARSITY TEAMS OF ALL TEAMS SHOULD BE PLAYING AT HOME." Some parent's of these Rams players are hoping for an audible when it comes to the current play. The Department of Educations plan was to replace this track with a new all weather one. Work started in December but came to a halt almost immediately when construction crews found metal objects after digging in. For decades, hazardous materials like lead and asbestos were hidden underneath this field... It was a dumpsite. State officials say this area was then turned over to the Navy for clean-up. But parents of players tell us that they haven't seen anything done for more than a month. 706 "I COME OUT HERE EVERYDAY FOR THE LAST HOUR AND A HALF OF PRACTICE AND NO WORK HAS BEEN DONE SINCE I'VE BEEN OUT HERE." 751 "THEY'RE KIND OF UPSET THAT EVERYBODY IS POINTING FINGERS AT EVERYBODY AND NOBODY IS GETTING ANYTHING DONE." For now -- it's just practice as usual at Radford. These players want to defend their home turf... But they're waiting on the Navy to get that chance. 727 - 742 "WE'RE TALKING JULY, FIRST GAME IS 31 OF JULY, AND THEN WE GET INTO REGULAR SEASON. THE TIME IS ENOUGH, LETS JUST GO WITH IT, GET IT DONE, LETS GET IT DONE FOR NEXT SEASON. TRACK AND FIELD STARTS AT THE END OF WINTER. THEY HAVE TO PLAY AWAY AS HOME GAMES AS WELL." The Department of Educations original project was supposed to take about nine months to finish... It's still expected to that same amount of time once the Navy clears the area. So far -- there have been no updates from the Navy but the DOE hopes to meet with it by the end of this month.