Are you ready for some football?


Permanent seating for Dukes football games is finally a reality.

Workers from Sightlines Inc. spent the past week putting finishing touches on the 1,100-seat, $261,000 bleacher structure with the clock ticking down to Wellington’s home opener.

To recap, the Dickson Street stadium’s old bleachers were condemned at the end of the 2015 season after a fan’s foot broke through a floorboard during a game.

Ensuing plans involved using donated bleachers from North Olmsted High School, but lead paint discovered last summer on the Dickson Street support structure made that financially impractical once insurance costs were factored in.

The board of education chose to purchase a $34,000 temporary seating structure that was used all of last football season. It has since been moved to the Wellington High School soccer field.

This spring, the board approved the purchase of the permanent seats along with a four-year plan to completely revamp the Dickson Street stadium with a new running track, LED lighting, and football field.

Fans won’t have to wait long to try out the new seats as the Dukes kick off the 2017 season against Normandy at 7 p.m. Friday.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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Workers finished installing a 1,100-seat bleacher structure at Wellington High School’s Dickson Street stadium on Sunday. The conclusion of the project should be the end of a nearly two-year ordeal to replace the old seats, which were condemned after a fan’s foot broke through a floorboard during a game.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/08/web1_IMG_9811.jpgWorkers finished installing a 1,100-seat bleacher structure at Wellington High School’s Dickson Street stadium on Sunday. The conclusion of the project should be the end of a nearly two-year ordeal to replace the old seats, which were condemned after a fan’s foot broke through a floorboard during a game.

Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com