When Poinciana High returns to the football field later this summer and into the fall — let’s be optimistic and say that fall sports will remain on schedule — the Eagles will have an improved field to play on and stadium to play in.

The Osceola County School Board approved the project at its meeting last week. The entire Arnco Construction project, which will cost roughly $733,000, will also include a new track and bleachers, which were condemned during the last school year.

The football field will be resodded and get improved drainage, which has been the mark of that field in past years. Any kind of substation rain made the playing surface muddy and sloppy for PHS’ football, soccer and girls flag football teams.

Heavy equipment is already on campus to start work, which is slated to be complete in October.

“They made me a part of the planning of it, which is good because I plan to be here a long time,” Poinciana Eagles football Coach Randy Beeken said.

Beeken said home games have been moved around, and the program hopes to be back on its home field on Oct. 2 against Lake Region for Homecoming, appropriately enough. At least one early-season “home” game may be played at Celebration High.