Poor field conditions force Burke High to move home football games to West Ashley

Due to the unplayable condition of Stoney Field, Burke High School will move all home games to St. Andrews Middle School.

The Burke High football team will become road warriors the rest of the season after the school announced on its athletic website Thursday that the playing conditions at the Bulldogs’ home field — Stoney Field — were not suitable.

“Players and fans are upset as they wanted to play at home and keep our tradition going,” said Burke athletic director Wayne Alston, who added that he met with city and school district officials last week about the field. “We have a lot of tradition at Stoney Field — some 40 years. The band marches from the school to the field, it’s a nice parade. It’s a big deal, and people walk over to see the band play too.”

Burke’s four remaining home games will instead be played at Ravenel Stadium in West Ashley — the former home of St. Andrews High School. Burke’s home games are Sept. 18 (Lake Marion), Sept. 25 (Academic Magnet), Sept. 16 (St. John’s ) and Oct. 30 (Lincoln).

Burke (0-2) is at North Charleston on Friday.

Stoney Field has been in need of major repair — both on the field as well as the surrounding stadium. The stadium was scheduled for major upgrades in 2008, but it is unclear how much of those upgrades, estimated beforehand at more than four million dollars, actually occurred.

Attempts to reach Charleston County district-wide athletic director David Spurlock were unsuccessful.