BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) — A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Friday for the new football stadium at Boardman High School.
Fundraising for the stadium began two years ago and is being led by the Boardman Booster Club.
Built in the 1930’s as a Works Progress Administration project, the Boardman stadium consisted of little more than concrete “steps” beside the natural-turf playing field, which hosted boys’ football and track and girls’ track. About 150 students were involved in these sports.
When the new high school was built in 1969 on Glenwood Avenue, the stadium remained at the old building, which is now Center Middle School.
This year, there are 812 boys and girls participating in 22 sports programs in the district. Just since the new high school opened, the district has added 16 women’s teams and four men’s teams.
The district has attempted without success to pass a bond issue that would have provided, among other improvements, a new stadium at the high school campus.
The current stadium has deteriorated badly and is not handicapped-accessible. The new stadium will be used for more than just football.
Features of the proposed multi-sport athletic field are:
- All-Season Synthetic Playing Field
- 3,500-seat Home Stands
- 2,400-seat Visitor Stands
- Enclosed Press Box
- Visitor Team Locker Room
- All-Weather Track/Resurface
- Concessions and Restrooms
- Ticket Booths
For more information on the project and to donate, click here.