IMAGE: Fire at Midland football press box

Source: WNEM

A local school district is left cleaning up the mess after severe thunderstorms caused damage to their football press box.

School officials said a power surge caused a fire in the press box at Midland Community Schools Football Field. The field is near Midland High School.

"It was kind of crazy, I knew the storm was bad," said Mackenna Town.

Town and her brother Bryce came by the stadium on Monday morning to check out the damage to the press box.

"I'm on the pom-pom team and we're supposed to have a game this Thursday, but not anymore," Town said.

The district will now have to move the game to another location.

Frequent lightning and winds in excess of 50 mph brought down trees and electric wires across the state as severe thunderstorms rolled through Mid-Michigan overnight.

>>See storm damage photos<<

Obviously, a lot of damage here but the big question is when will they be able to play games here again?

TV5 contacted Midland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Sharrow's Office to find out when the stadium will be used again.

Both Midland High School and Midland Dow High School use the facility. But at this time we have not heard back from the district.

The storm caused extensive damage throughout the region. Tree limbs knocked down a power line at S. 29th and Burt Street in Saginaw.

It also knocked out power to more than 10,000 throughout the viewing area.

Meanwhile back in Midland, Mackenna Town hopes that the press box at the community stadium will be repaired quickly and she'll be able to cheer on her team at her home field.

"Obviously it's burned, but it's looking a little bit better than I thought," Town said.

As a result of the fire, the Midland vs. Flint Carman-Ainsworth football game on Thursday, Aug. 30 will move to Northwood University. The game starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the game can still be purchased through Midland High School.

"We are glad to be able to help our community by hosting the Midland High game," said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. "(Midland Athletic Director) Eric Albright called to share their situation and ask if we'd be willing to be the alternate site for the game. Our new turf field allows us to be able to host the game."

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