NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - From brick to steel and grass to turf, North Little Rock's stadium has changed face with the times. And for the last two decades, Cornelius Burton led the charge on maintaining the aged giant.
"It's just been a pleasure to do what I do for so many years," said Burton.
Burton works tirelessly as the stadium's maintenance director. As the players take the field and fans fill the stands, the seasoned Burton handles the behind-the-scenes. Before the school laid down turf in the 1990s, Burton's job was nearly non-stop.
"Mowing, fertilizing, watering - especially the lining part...I had to line the field that was quite a chore to do," said Burton.
Friday could be the last setup for Burton as the Charging Wildcats will play their final regular season home game; a tradition more than 80 years old.
"Even though we're excited about the new stadium, there's still a lot of old alumni here that are attached to the building and attached to the stadium, and we have a lot of people coming to our November the first game from way back," said North Little Rock Athletic Director, Gary Davis.
Davis says many alumni with fond memories from the stadium asked about buying a brick for memorabilia and he expects a large turnout for the final game of the season.
"We've got a lot of people that I think will be here probably for the first time in 30 or 40 years," said Davis.
As Burton gears up for the finale of the season, he does so with a bittersweet feeling and memories that will last forever.
"It's just time and I hate to see it go but there's something coming that's going to take the place of this, and we may be doing this 80 years again," said Burton.