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Borough Council reviews grand Trojan Stadium plan

December 13, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday night got a look at a sketch plan for a renovated Trojan Stadium at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, a plan the council will have to approve before major construction can begin.

The grandstands of the stadium were empty for much of the past football season, after they were closed in March over safety concerns about the aging bleachers. The home stands were torn down and the visitors' side renovated in time for the stadium to host two games.

The Chambersburg School Board has voted to go ahead with the design and engineering for a modernized stadium that will have artificial turf, an eight-lane track and a new home grandstand seating 4,500, Richard Bender, the district director of Buildings and Grounds, told the council. It also will have new restrooms, concession stands, lighting and other amenities, he said.

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Richard C. LeBlanc, the director of design for the Mechanicsburg, Pa., architectural firm of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, said the renovations will cost between $4.5 million and $5 million.

The district is planning to have the stadium ready by Sept. 7 for a soccer game, with the Trojan football team taking the field on Sept. 9, Bender said.

"That's our plan. We're being driven by the school board to make it happen," Bender said.

The school board is expected to approve the plan for the stadium at its Jan. 4 meeting, Bender said. The land development plan for the borough is expected to be reviewed at the Jan. 9 meeting of the council and to be placed on the council's consent agenda for its Jan. 23 meeting, Bender said.

The school district expects to receive bids for the project by Feb. 17, Bender said.

"It's our intent to have this thing used pretty much every day of the year," Bender said. The stadium will be available for use by the public and youth athletic groups when not being used for scholastic sports and physical education programs.

"This has the potential to become a significant community resource," Council President William McLaughlin said. The remodeled stadium could attract district meets and scholastic playoffs to the borough, he said.

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