Boy­er­town to tear down foot­ball sta­dium, build new one for $5M

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

BOY­ER­TOWN >> By the time foot­ball sea­son starts up at Boy­er­town Area High School next year, it will be held in a new sta­dium.

It was in Fe­bru­ary that the school board re­ceived a re­port that out­lined big prob­lems at the 33-year-old sta­dium.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the sta­dium, which has seat­ing ca­pac­ity for 2,800 and was built with a con­certed com­mu­nity ef­fort in 1985, now suf­fers from nu­mer­ous danger­ous con­di­tions.

As the years and “acid rain” have eaten away at the struc­ture’s en­ve­lope, wa­ter has borne away sealant, rusted ex­posed steel beams and even pen­e­trated as far as the elec­tri­cal sys­tem for the bath­rooms, stor­age rooms and con­ces­sion stand be­neath the seat­ing.

The re­port from Barry Isett & As­soc. de­clared “the en­tire area of the un­der­side walk­way un­safe and a po­ten­tial haz­ard.

Fur­ther, “the en­tire sec­tion of the wall along the track is un­safe and a po­ten­tial haz­ard.”

In fact, the con­di­tions were so bad, that the school board moved grad­u­a­tion from its tra­di­tional home in the sta­dium to San­tander Arena in down­town Read­ing.

In the mean­time, anx­ious foot­ball par­ents crowded board and com­mit­tee meet­ings, look­ing for a so­lu­tion that would al­low the foot­ball sea­son to con­tinue at the tra­di­tional lo­ca­tion.

In May, the board de­cided to bring in tem­po­rary bleach­ers for the 2018 sea­son.

One month later, the board voted to tear down the ex­ist­ing sta­dium and build a new one when a re­port in­di­cated that re-

pair­ing the sta­dium could cost as much as $2.5 mil­lion. Es­ti­mated costs for a new sta­dium were in the same price range. But by the time the board voted in Novem­ber to spend the first $1 mil­lion, the price tag had jumped to $5 mil­lion.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Boy­er­town Area School District plans to tear down the dam­aged high school sta­dium and build a new one.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Wa­ter dam­age to the ex­ist­ing sta­dium was ex­ten­sive enough that the Boy­er­town School Board de­cided it would be a bet­ter use of tax­payer money to build a new sta­dium for $5 mil­lion.

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