LUTHER, Okla. – Their field was destroyed making way for a new Walmart, now an Oklahoma youth football team is calling on Walmart to foot the bill.
The Luther Walmart is closing, less than a year after opening.
It’s the off-season for the Luther Lions.
But the little lions are without a den.
Instead, they’re renting the big Lion’s lair, Luther School’s Wilson Field, after their own field was stripped away to make room for a new Walmart.
Julie Moore is a longtime Luther resident, and a proud football mom.
“They work hard, and they love football,’ she exclaimed. “Everybody’s really frustrated.”
Moore couldn’t believe her ears when she learned that the Walmart was closing shop after less than a year.
“It’s like adding insult to injury,” said Moore. “We lost our field, but now it feels like we lost it for no reason.”
Problem is, the future of the field is up in the air. The area was previously sold by the City of Luther, to Walmart.
“There was a lot of frustration with the city council over that,” said Moore.
Mayor Lea Ann Jackson tell NewsChannel 4, city council members were shocked and disappointed with Walmart’s abrupt decision.
Luther’s store closing is just one of 154 closing around the country, announced by Walmart last week.
Walmart plans to either sell, or lease the land.
But the Lions aren’t lying down, with a new petition making the rounds online, asking Walmart to bring their field back.
“Make things right,” said Moore. “They work hard, and they love football.
There could be some aid on the way for Luther youth football.
Officials with Walmart say they plan on giving back to local non-profits, in the areas affected by the recent closures.
Luther’s league is reportedly, a non-profit.
More details are expected in the coming days.