WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta’s football stadium is about to get a facelift.
The school board Tuesday night gave Mike Watt, director of operations for the school district, the authority to move forward with the stadium renovation project. This will include an authorization to use combined pledged funds and school funds in an amount not to exceed $1.9 million.
“The scope of the project is going to be a whole new grandstand,” said Watt. “The home side of the football field will include a new press box space, new seating, which will be comprised of the reserved style seating, chair style benches with backs and general admission bench seating.”
The stadium was built in 1939.
This will increase the capacity of the home side by about 400 people bringing total capacity up to 2,500.
There will also be handicap accessible seating, which they don’t have now, and new lighting on the home side of the field.
Demolition should begin in the first week of December and be ready for the first home football game in 2020.
Prior to the vote, Superintendent Aaron Rex addressed the board.
“First and foremost I would like to thank all of the community members who have graciously donated to the stadium project,” said Rex. “I want to thank the school board for their support as we continue to move through the fundraising and planning of the grandstand renovation. Their vote tonight and possible use of district dollars shows how much they care about the people who attend our games and our young people.”
The location is used for more than just home football games.
“This site draws a lot of tournaments draws a lot of attention, not just for football season for a lot of other sports activities and track. So a lot of things are going on at that stadium. So it’ll be pretty impressive (once it’s completed),” said Josh Little, board member.
“Not only is this place where our kids play, but it also brings in thousands of people,” said Rex. “When people come, they tell us how great our facilities are but it also brings people in to eat, to see the great things that we have downtown, all the progress that we’re making, and they spend money in our community. So it’s an investment not only in our district but in Wapakoneta.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.