A spirit of cooperation looks like it will result in the Azalea City getting a topnotch football stadium in 2004.

The Valdosta Board of Education received notification this week that Valdosta State University is committed to joining the school board in building a new Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

VSU President Ronald M. Zaccari presented the plan to the Board of Regents who indicated their strong support for the cooperative effort. We commend them for their foresight.

The joint effort will create a stadium that everyone can be proud of, football players, coaches, boosters and alumni from both schools. For VSU to build its own stadium would be a monumental waste of taxpayers' money.

The next hurdle -- and it's a big one -- is to ensure VSU's financial share of the project is there to be spent. The school board wants official notification by March 31, 2003, that the university's share will be available when work starts Dec. 15, 2003.

Zaccari appears confident this will be done, and we wish him all the luck in this endeavor.

The winning traditions of the Valdosta Wildcats and the Blazers demand the enthusiastic support of everyone in this area to make this project happen.



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