East Ridge High School football stadium condemned

Hamilton County to send structural engineer to assess facility

Seen Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in East Ridge, Tenn., Raymond James Stadium at East Ridge High School has been closed down due to structural problems with the home bleachers. The East Ridge football team moved last Friday's home game to the Baylor football stadium.

East Ridge played its first two football games of the season on the road.

It was good practice - because all of a sudden, the Pioneers are homeless.

Raymond James Stadium, at least the home side, has been condemned by the city of East Ridge. It appears the team will still be able to use the coaches' offices and the locker rooms for now.

Pioneers coach Tracy Malone would confirm only that the home side of the stadium had been condemned and that East Ridge's first home game, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday against Signal Mountain, would be played at Baylor.

"We're taking this day by day," he said. "We knew we wouldn't be able to play at home this week because our visiting side bleachers aren't big enough to handle home and visiting crowds."

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