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New stands at Trojan Stadium to be handicapped-accessible

August 12, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - When the stands of Trojan Stadium reopen late this football season, they will be handicapped-accessible after the Chambersburg School Board approved a change order at Wednesday's meeting.

A recommendation on the renovations to the stadium also is expected by the end of this month, said board member Thomas Orndorf, a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The grandstands were closed in March after a floorboard at the 50-year-old stadium broke during a track meet. The 2,650-seat visitors' section is being repaired, but the home stands are being demolished because the foundation is unstable, according to district officials.

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Seating also will be provided for another 1,200 fans in the end zones with portable bleachers, according to the plan previously approved by the board.

Earlier this summer, the board awarded at $604,000 contract to R.A. Hill Inc. of Chambersburg for the demolition and repairs.

Making the bleachers handicapped-accessible will cost an extra $51,300 to add ramps, a wider platform across the bleachers for wheelchairs and other changes to make the stands comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Richard Bender, the district's director of buildings and grounds, said the change order was recommended to the board "so we don't have to revisit it in the future."

The district will save $12,000 on another part of the project by not putting in a dirt and gravel base for portable bleachers on the home side of the field. Instead, the hill on which the bleachers now sit will be seeded with grass for fans to sit on during the two home games to be played there.

The two games now scheduled are the Homecoming game on Oct. 15 and the Parents Night game on Oct. 22, he said. The other home games will be played at Shippensburg University while the stadium repairs are ongoing.

Bender said the Buildings and Grounds Committee should have a set of recommendations for what to include in the fully renovated stadium for the 2006 season. Bender said the estimated cost of the project is between $3 million and $3.5 million at this point.

"We're looking at different types of artificial turf, different types of track surfaces," he said. The committee also is considering new lighting, he said.

Bender said the committee favors artificial turf and an eight-lane track, along with bathrooms, concession stands and home seating for 4,500 spectators.

New locker rooms likely will not be included in the renovations until the future of the existing high school is determined, he said. The district's building plans include converting it to a middle school once a new high school is built.

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