The Van Wert City Schools Stadium Facilities Committee is looking at three options to restore or replace the current Van Wert High School Football Facility and in creating a first-class, state-of-the-art facility that will serve the school system and the community for future generations.
This is the third of three options the committee is considering. Following the presentation of all three options, the committee will conduct an online survey of the community to assist the committee in making its final recommendation to the Board of Education. A link to the survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VanWert2017.
The survey will begin on Sept. 30, 2017 and end on Oct. 10, 2017. For those who do not have access to the internet, the Van Wert County Brumback Library and the Van Wert County Council on Aging have agreed to allow concerned citizens to use their facility during regular business hours to complete the survey.
The Stadium Committee has determined that something has to be done. The current age and condition of Eggerss Stadium has compelled them to act, and that time is now.
Option C: Building a new facility at Van Wert High School
Building a new facility at the High School allows for the students and athletes to have their home field located at the same location as their school. The football team will be able to enjoy the simplicity of using the same locker room for games and practices. The construction will include a new 3,000 bleacher seat home stadium which will be enclosed with a brick facing and siding in the rear and sides and new press boxes (home and visitor).
Both home and visitor bleachers will be handicapped accessible. A new multi-functional building will include additional restrooms and concessions as well as locker rooms for football and other outdoor athletic teams. This option will allow for multiple users of the field, including the Band to practice on the field during the school day.
The game field will also be home to our daily practice facilities and locker rooms. There will be no need to transport equipment downtown on game days (Football and Band).
Additionally, having lights at this location will allow the track and soccer programs to host events which extend into the evening without concern of darkness. Furthermore, it will allow for the vast majority of varsity athletics to be played at the high school site (golf, swimming and bowling being exceptions). Eggerss Stadium would continue to be used during the fundraising and construction phase of the new facility. A new artificial turf field can be used by other sports, physical education classes and our marching band. Maintenance costs will be less expensive than at the current facility, and this is the least expensive of the options.
Things to consider with this option are that the facility will not be in the downtown area, thus making it more difficult for people to walk to the games. Wind may be more of a factor for games and spectator comfort. A new facility at the high school will put the fans further away from the game, and although adequate parking is available, the distance to the seats from the parking location may actually be a greater distance to walk. Finally, the concession stand/restroom complex will be further from the stadium than it would be at Eggerss Stadium.
Below is a list of the estimated costs:
- Locker Room, Toilet Room, 2-Ticket Booths, Concessions-Storage Facilities – 10,000 square feet at $155 a square foot for a total cost of $1,550,000
- Site Pavement - Concrete – 35,000 square feet at $6 a square foot for a total cost of $210,000
- Relocate Existing Bleachers – 2,000 seats for a total cost of $235,000
- New Home Bleachers – 3,000 seats for a total cost of $708,000
- Home and Visitor Press Boxes – $160,000
- Stadium Wrap (Three Sides Brick w/Aluminum Back – $150,000
- Football Field Lighting – $240,000
- Tear Down and Remove Existing Structure – $150,000
- “Cougar Wall” With Graphics – $30,000
- Artificial Turf – $699,000
- Fencing – $17,000
The subtotal thus far would be $4,149,000. Another $75,000 would be needed Permits, Soil Boring, and Due Diligence putting the subtotal at $4,224,000. A 5 percent ($211,200) Contingency and a 6.5 percent AE Fee ($288,288) would also be needed.
The grand total of Option C would be $4,723,488.
The survey will go live tonight at midnight. On Saturday, Sept. 30 committee members will be discussing the options on 1220 WERT Radio from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Read about Option A here.
Read about Option B here.