Dukes football fans may have to make due with a stadium under construction come August.
“The first home game could involve putting our home fans on the visiting site and asking the visitors to bring lawn chairs,” said Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock at a June 14 board of education meeting. “The last time we had to do this people understood. Our first three football games are away, which helps a bit. It’s a long process.”
He is working with the North Olmsted school district to get the Eagles’ old bleachers. The equipment will be used to overhaul the Dukes’ stadium seating, which was shut down last year after an insurance inspection.
North Olmsted is building a brand new stadium and has pledged to gift its old metal bleachers to Wellington.
Mock said he is working with Farnham Equipment Company to get an estimate on what the aluminum bleachers might be worth. He said the new walkways have to be four feet and the prior ones were only three — handrails also need to be installed to meet code and North Olmsted’s don’t have any.
The district has also asked North Olmsted for its handicap access ramps, goalposts, fencing, and press box windows, Mock said.
Asphalt repairs at the stadium, Wellington High School, and Westwood parking lots were also discussed with an estimated cost of $159,000.
“The parking area up by the locker rooms and behind the bleacher area on the West side coming off of Dixon Street is in pretty bad shape,” said Mock.
A project to replace the stadium’s rubber track is also underway. The first step will be removing the old track, which Mock called “cracked and dangerous,” then assessing what degree of asphalt replacement is needed underneath.
Drainage problems are on the to-do list as well with a cost of $14,000. Mock said a big problem spot for water build-up lies around the football field’s 40-yard line. The home locker room roof is also set to be replaced for $25,000.
“A metal roof was not recommended because people drop things from the stands and make dents and can cause a whole section to need replacing, whereas a rubber roof is much more durable. That’s to put the new roof on, not to take the old one off. We are working now on getting an estimate for that,” he said.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Wellington’s football stadium is awaiting the arrival of aluminum bleachers from North Olmsted.
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