Boyertown to tear down football stadium, build new one for $5M
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.
The Boyertown Area School District plans to tear down the damaged high school stadium and build a new one.
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.