Chambersburg football team to be road warriors

June 30, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Fans of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School football team might have to wait until homecoming to see their first home game at Trojan Stadium after the school board on Wednesday approved contracts to repair the visitors bleachers and add 1,200 portable bleacher seats.

The board approved a $504,000 contract with R.A. Hill Inc. of Chambersburg to demolish the home side grandstand and install new aluminum seats, floorboards and risers on the visitors side of the field.

The contractor, however, has told district officials it will take approximately 100 days to complete the project from the time it receives notice to proceed about a week from now, Business Manager Rick Vensel said.


"At the very best ... the date would be around Oct. 10" for completion, Vensel said.

Board member David Sciamanna said the district might be able to work with the contractor to speed up completion, but that could mean spending more money.

R.A. Hill was the only company to bid on the project by the June 22 deadline, Vensel said.

The board also approved a contract with Southern Bleacher of Graham, Texas, to install the 1,200 portable bleacher seats for $100,350. That project will take up to 16 weeks from the time the company receives notice to proceed, Vensel said.

The district got two bids on the portable bleachers, the other being for $119,016 from Recreational Resources Inc. of Kennett Square, Pa., Vensel said.

The grandstands at Trojan Stadium have been closed since late March when a wooden floorboard broke during a track meet. Structural engineers subsequently determined the home grandstand was structurally unsound and should be removed.

The visitors stands, which seat about 2,600 people, will have wider aisles, handrails, fencing and other improvements to bring them up to current safety codes. The visitors stand and portable bleachers will allow seating for approximately 3,800 people, compared to the 6,000 Trojan Stadium could seat before the grandstands were closed.

The first home football game was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, but Principal Barry Purvis said the first three home dates instead will be played at Shippensburg (Pa.) University's Seth Grove Stadium. That will mean Saturday afternoon games because the stadium does not have lights, he said.

Sites for the final two home games, which include homecoming on Friday, Oct. 14, have not been set, he said. The games could be played at Trojan Stadium if the visitors side repairs are completed and the portable bleachers are installed on time.

"If I knew this could be done by Aug. 31, I'd say go ahead and do it," said board member Lori Leedy who, along with board member Renee Sharpe, voted against the repairs to the visitors side. Leedy said she was concerned the project might not be completed during the season and could affect what the board decides to do with the stadium in the future.

Whether Trojan Stadium remains the primary sports venue for the district, however, remains in question because the district is planning to build a new high school.

Board member Stanley Helman proposed a motion authorizing planning to begin for the complete renovation of the stadium.

"I think we need to make the decision quickly, but I don't think we need to vote on it tonight," Sciamanna said.

Helman then asked the motion be tabled until the July 20 board meeting.

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