Lakeview Academy’s longtime vision of a new stadium is finally becoming a reality.
Carroll Daniel Construction broke ground on the plot of land Tuesday, March 3, behind the Gainesville private school.
Construction is set to finish in time for football season.
“Facilities facilitate success,” Lee Shaw, the school’s new head football coach, said. “This gives us a great resource to be successful at Lakeview Academy.”
Clay Eubanks, chairman of Lakeview’s Board of Trustees, said most of the funding for the $3 million project came from community donors.
“Lakeview doesn’t run on tax dollars; it’s made up of people that love this school that give from their heart,” said John Simpson, the school’s interim head of school. “They give because of our students, and I’m proud.”
Eubanks and Simpson credit Brian Daniel, the president of Carroll Daniel Construction, as the catalyst behind the stadium.
Eubanks said the project has been on the board’s radar for over 10 years. Through Daniel’s guidance, he said it moved beyond a topic of conversation.
“What’s been missing is the visionary leader to push it across the finish line,” Eubanks said. “We’re very fortunate to have him pushing it and the talent of his organization to pull it together.”
Daniel said when people enter the new stadium, they’ll walk past an entry gate like one would see at a ballpark. The stadium will have a plaza, which will lead people to a natural turf field surrounded by an eight-lane track.
The field will accommodate all soccer and football games.
As a father of two children who attend Lakeview, Daniel said he is looking forward to seeing what athletic opportunities the new stadium will bring.
“Our current field wasn’t big enough to host soccer state competitions,” he said. “It’s going to allow us to do so much more than we did before.”
With the new eight-lane track, Daniel said Lakeview will have the ability to start its first track team.
Brenau University students will also have access to the track through a new agreement with the private school. In exchange for the free entry, Lakeview students will be able to use Brenau’s theater six months a year.
“With the relationship with Brenau and the theater, and our new head of school that’s coming to drive athletics, it’s really going to be the trifecta of success right now,” Eubanks said. “We couldn’t be more excited.”