War Memorial Stadium gets upgrades for upcoming music festival

MAYFIELD, KY — If you grew up in west Kentucky, chances are you’ve played or watched a football game in the War Memorial Stadium in Mayfield.

The Mayfield Cardinals have played in the stadium since 1949.

For people in Mayfield, the stadium is a tradition.

“It’s Mayfield football. That stadium is Mayfield football, and the tradition that’s been here for a long time,” said Cardinals Head Football Coach of almost 20 years Joe Morris.

Morris’ dad also coached the team, and he spent his own football career at the stadium.

“Every time you walk down that tunnel onto the field, you think of a time that you’ve played or you’ve coached, and I’m sure everyone who’s played on that field has some kind of great memory,” Morris said.

Nashville singer-songwriter Bryan Kent has some of those great memories. That’s why, when he came up with an idea for the music festival Touchdowns and Tunes Tailgate Party, he couldn’t think of a better place to host it than his hometown stadium.

“You have rich tradition and history, and it’s been here since ’49, but that also comes with needing some renovations,” Kent said.

The city agreed to let him use the stadium if he made some renovations. Since then, a group has been working hard on repairs.

On Thursday crews pressure washed, repainted and put up new fencing.

“I definitely think people are going to walk in and notice the change and improvement,” Kent said.

Kent said he hopes upgrades help the event and give a winning team the stadium it deserves.

“This town deserves it, and this program deserves to play in a nice place,” Morris said.

Recently, as part of a separate project the stadium also got a new press box.

Kent said he’s hoping the festival becomes an annual event, and each year some of the money it brings in will go to more renovations.

The event, called Touchdowns and Tunes, will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.