Championing Excellence: Albertville Unveils New Indoor Facility

ALBERTVILLE – Albertville City Schools held a special ribbon cutting Thursday night for its brand new 54,000 square foot Kinesiology and Exercise Science Building. 

Located next to the Fine Arts Center, the building features 35 yards of regulation width turf, nets that drop to create an indoor practice facility for baseball and softball, a sports medicine classroom, a rehabilitation lab, a state-of-the-art weight training facility, and an office for Albertville Strength and Conditioning Coach Gavin Hallford. 

Albertville High School Principal Jordan Phillips welcomed everyone to the open house and ribbon cutting. The Aggies worked with the architecture and interior design firm McKee and Associates on the project. 

“I am so thankful I am part of this place. I’m thankful to be the AD. I’m working hard to find good people to come coach here, and I think we’ve done that, and we’re going to continue to do that,” said Athletic Director Matt Lambert. “We’re going to keep loving on our kids. We’re going to keep giving them opportunities to get better every single day, and this building is a huge piece of the pie.” 

Albertville junior student-athlete Addison Pierce spoke about her excitement over the opening for the facility. Pierce plays softball and flag football for the Aggies. 

“I’m blessed to be able to be part of this and to experience this facility,” said Pierce. “I know it’s going to provide great things for us. I can’t wait for future seasons and for all our other sports to be a part of this.” 

The Albertville High School Event Planning and Culinary classes worked together to setup and serve at the event. Event planning students sketched a room diagram, set up tables for guest seating, including high top tables on the turf, placed tablecloths on all of the tables, and set up sports representation tables. Culinary students planned the tailgate charcuterie table that featured some smoked items from their new smoker and specialized Albertville sport cookies. 

Speaking on behalf of former Superintendent Dr. Boyd K. English and incoming Superintendent Dr. Bart Reeves, Interim Superintendent Todd Watkins thanked the Albertville Board of Education for their vision of using funds from the federal government in a way that helps students be successful, whether that be academically, athletically, or through career-related and fine art programs. Albertville City Schools will not carry any debt for the addition, which meets the needs of all athletic programs. 

“This facility will prepare our students for any athletic event or competition they have,” said Interim Superintendent Todd Watkins. “It will benefit every athlete in our school and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.” 

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Albertville City Schools held a special ribbon cutting Thursday night for its brand new 54,000 square foot Kinesiology and Exercise Science Building.