State College, Pa- The State College Area School District (SCASD) School Board is deciding on a timeline for Memorial Field Renovations.
Depending on what they decide, another field may be the temporary home for fall sports teams in the district this year.
If the school board decides to move forward with a streamlined plan for construction, it will save nearly $1 million in construction. But, under this plan, fall sports teams would need a new place to play this year.
The temporary location for 2019 fall sports, like football, would be the North Field, near State College Area High School. The North Field is currently under construction, and wasn’t built for a typical football crowd.
“We’re asking the board to purchase some portable bleachers to add some seating capacity at that field as well as possibly installing some bleachers,” said Ed Poprick, SCASD’s Director of Physical Plant.
SCASD could also move existing bleachers to the North Field from Memorial Field. Other proposed addtions to the North Field include a temporary scoreboard, pressbox, and removable goalposts. The combined total costs of these additions is between $200,000 and $575,000.
If SCASD’s School Board chooses a streamlined construction timeline, they will consider opening Memorial Field this year. But, this would only be for special games, like homecoming, senior night, and maybe a playoff game.
However, opening the stadium would also require a temporary scoreboard and PA system, which would cost SCASD about $165,000 for two or three football games.
For these games, the home side would be an off-limits construction zone.
SCASD’s School Board won’t need to make a decision Tuesday evening regarding a potential re-opening of Memorial Field (for the afformentioned special events). But, if they approve the streamlined construction plan, a second item on Tuesday evening’s agenda would be a vote for approval to buy towable bleacher units for the North Field.