By jeanne starmack
The Hubbard Exempted Village School District is getting ready to show the public renovations at its stadium.
The stadium, part of a $2.8 million project to improve the district’s athletic facilities, will be unveiled at an open house Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to tour the stadium at 1000 Rebecca Ave.
The centerpiece of the stadium is its new turf field. It used to be grass, which, said schools Athletic Director Chuck Montgomery, would get muddy in the Northeast Ohio weather.
“The turf is top-notch,” Montgomery said Friday from the stadium, where he pointed out the differences the public will see Tuesday.
The stadium is surrounded by new blacktop sidewalks, new fencing and new grass, instead of mud and dirt, Montgomery said.
It also features a new sound system for the announcers and a new band shelter with lights and 230 padded seats.
A new scoreboard, bought partly with donated money, features a large-screen television, Montgomery said.
The screen not only shows replays of game highlights, but “is a way to get people excited for the game,” he said.
The announcer talks about the community, he said, and appeals to the crowd’s emotions.
“This is Hubbard — this is Friday night — this is our town!” he said.
The screen switches from football to soccer, he said.
He said the stadium upgrades already have gotten a lot of attention.
“We’ve been packed here every game with spectators wanting to see it,” he said.
The field will get a lot of use, with 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ soccer games this fall and seven home football games, he said.
The Hubbard Little Eagles also use it Saturdays.
Other athletic facilities to be improved include the softball and baseball fields and the track.