Shorter Hawks leaving Barron, to play fall football games at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium. Deal includes track and field as well.

Shorter Hawks leaving Barron, to play fall football games at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium. Deal includes track and field as well.

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A recent game between Darlington and Mt. Zion at Chris Hunter Stadium. Photo from Jack Druckenmiller.

 

In context: Barron Stadium has a sparking new surface and other improvements to greet fall football but one thing it won’t have is longtime partner, Shorter University. There had been some rumblings since the new turf was Rome High-based. Now comes word college football is returning to Chris Hunter Stadium at Darlington for the first time since the Berry Vikings played there during the inaugural years before Valhalla was ready. The agreement below applies to track and field as well. The challenge now will be prepping the stadium if any of the Hawks’ and Tigers’ revised football schedules include a Friday-Saturday combination on fall weekends. The high school season won’t start until Sept. 4 while the Hawks’ opener — once set for a Thursday night at Barron — won’t come until late in September.

Media release: Shorter University Athletics announces the establishment of an exciting partnership with Darlington School.

Beginning Fall 2020, Shorter Hawks Football will play their home schedule on the Jerry Sharp Field at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium. Shorter’s Track and Field program will also be utilizing Darlington’s facilities.

“When we began talking with Darlington’s Head Football Coach Tommy Atha and Athletic Director Eddie Guth, it just felt like home,” said Shorter University Athletic Director Richard Hendricks. “Darlington has a beautiful setting with updated facilities and advanced media capabilities that are going to allow us to upgrade our game-day experience.”

The move to Chris Hunter Stadium will also provide increased parking for game attendees, he added.

The agreement is an important first step in what both institutions hope will be a long-standing partnership.

“We love what Darlington stands for; their values align well with ours as both institutions work every day to invest in supporting the students,” Hendricks said. “We look forward to forming a long-term partnership that will benefit Shorter students and Darlington students as well.”

Guth added, “We are very excited about our partnership with Shorter. Any time we can embrace a part of the Rome community and expose this experience to the Darlington community, we are pleased. Shorter has been great to work with throughout this process, and I look forward to this partnership for many years ahead.”

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