Boardman High School now one step closer to new football stadium being completed
By TIM CLEVELAND
Another step was taken in the quest to raise $4 million for the Boardman High School football stadium project on Nov. 18 with a check presentation of $10,000 by the Boardman Rotary.
The presentation happened at Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Center.
The project is currently just past the halfway mark to raise the $4 million for the new stadium that is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015 and will be located on the BHS campus. Construction on the project began in July and the Boardman Boosters have been raising money for it for the last three years.
Boardman Local Schools director of operations Tim Saxton said the project will be completed in three phases. Phase one was the installation of field turf that was done in September. Since that time the school has hosted several different events on the new turf, including junior varsity and varsity soccer, seventh- and eighth-grade, freshmen and junior varsity football, marching band practice, physical education classes, Little Spartan football and Boardman flag football. Phase two will be the addition of bleachers, a press box and a scoreboard, which is scheduled for the fall of 2015. The third and final phase will be the expansion of the bleacher capacity, the addition of a third building complex to go with the two that have already been built that will house concessions and space for visiting teams to meet and dress, and a band shell. The final phase will be completed in the fall of 2016.
Saxton said the new stadium will take the Boardman sports teams that will use it to the next level.
“It will have a field surface that can be used 24/7 no matter the weather conditions including competitions and practices,” he said. “It will be a facility that is located on the grounds of the high school. We will no longer have to spend thousands of dollars to bus our athletes and musicians to home events. It will be a facility that can be accessed by multiple school groups – soccer, football, track, band, physical education classes, baseball, softball, it will be a facility that will meet the needs of our handicapped and elderly guests.
“It will be a facility that meets the expectations of the Boardman community, especially when hosting large events – home football games draw thousands, hosting playoff games will do the same as will the potential of hosting large track invitationals in the spring. We no longer can effectively host these type of events with our current facility
also sustainability – there’s also the potential of creating income by having a stadium that outside groups will want to rent and a facility that local businesses will want to advertise in.”
The current Spartan Stadium was originally built in the 1930s as part of a Works Progress Administration project. It has a seating capacity of 6,000, while the new stadium will have a capacity of 7,000 before the phase three expansion.