Bellefonte-Rogers Stadium Expected to Open for Final Football Home Game

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The Bellefonte High School football team has been without a field this season, playing their home games at other schools, while work on Rogers Stadium continues.

Reynolds Construction crews are working to get Rogers Stadium open in time for the Red Raiders last home game of the football season, against rival Bald Eagle Area High School, this Friday.

Construction on the Bellefonte Area High Football field started in June.  It was supposed to be ready for the Red Raiders, September 7th.

“This season’s been trying,” Jimmy Soltis, Director of Athletics for the Bellefonte Area School District, said.  “I mean they’ve been on the road for the last eight weeks.”

This season, Bellefonte has played two home games at Lock Haven University and one at Bald Eagle.
David Stezin, Project Manager for Reynolds Construction says, sometimes crews had to wait days to resume work to avoid damaging the field with equipment.
 
“It was actually problematic with all the weather delays that we had with the rain,” David Stezin, Project Manager for Reynolds Construction, said.  “So, that pushed us in the schedule quite a bit.”
 
The current 4-point-1 million dollar phase one project includes the underground drainage, electric work, press box construction and bleachers demolition. Phase two is 3.4 million.
 
Jimmy Soltis, Director of Athletics for the Bellefonte Area School District, says no one will appreciate the field being ready, quite like Red Raider Seniors will.
 
“It’s going to be an appreciate thing for them, I mean to be able to give them the opportunity to close the door at Bellefonte is great, hopefully a playoff game as well,” Soltis said.
 
Work on the javelin, shot put and discuss areas and the football practice field are also expected to be finished by Friday.

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