This story originally appeared on wbex.com on May 29, 2013

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at Herrnstein Field Wednesday morning to get the work underway. Click to watch the video

Superintendent Jon Saxton got the ceremony started by noting the efforts of those helping to pave a new horizon. "... the transformation of this athletic facility which could not be done without the hard work, dedication and generous support of Cavalier Nation."

The Herrnstein Field Renovation Project is funded by private donations.

1976 CHS graduate Matt Hughes says the project is about more than football.

"We're looking to recruit (additional contributors). We need alot of partners... the costs continue to escalate as we add features, we've added some new partners over the last couple of weeks."

Hughes says the current tally stands at 1.3 million dollars. "This is 100 percent privately sector funded... There's a lot of good causes in the community and we're very, very happy people have divided their support and have been able to support the Herrnstein Renovation Project."

Saxton added "For 78 years Herrnstein Field and this athletic complex have remained realtively unchanged. Over the next three or four months this facility is going to be transformed just like we're transforming our district so we can take the tradition of the past and build on it and make it better."

Actual work began earlier with removal of the inner fence behind the home grandstand and demolition of the north end home bleachers.

Developers plan to have the field turf and track installed and the new press box ready for use before September 13th, the home opener with Teays Valley.