Stadium Construction Moving Forward

Construction continues at the stadium as local football teams prepare to take the field at their new home this fall.

“Work on an amazing new community stadium at the Lacey Recreation Complex is moving forward under a tight schedule, but we are confident now that it will be operational in time for the Fall season,” said Oskaloosa Booster Club leader Curt Spry.

“We are grateful for the support of many community partners and CBees (Community Boosters) who’ve contributed to the building of a new stadium,” said William Penn Athletic Director Greg Hafner. “Development of the stadium will continue during and after the football season, but our fans and visitors will be impressed with what is in place.”

What will be done

When the season begins, field turf, home seating, locker rooms and lighting will be in place. The track asphalt and concrete curbs are done, and the running surface will be added when adequate undisturbed curing time permits, probably in the Spring 2012.

“The stadium site is a busy place now,” said Mike Gipple, Musco Community Coordinator, “concrete and plumbing for the locker rooms are underway as this is being written. Field turf and bleachers should be installed during the first few days of August.”

“Gravel parking lots are nearly complete. We’ll also be offering special parking with views of the field for fans who are unable to get to the stands and need to remain in their cars during the game,” said Gipple.

“With the excitement of our first season with Coach Schilb we’re expecting large turnout. We’ve made plans for overflow parking in the other lots at the Lacey Recreation Complex ,” he added.

Hy-Vee is looking forward to partnering with the user groups to assure that concession services will be available for the fans. Temporary concession facilities and restrooms will be in place for the Fall 2011 season.

Future developments

The west field, a natural grass surface, will be seeded later for use next year. “Completion of the permanent facilities for concessions, public restrooms and press box structures will be finished at a later date,” said Gipple.

“Anyone interested in tracking progress of the construction over the next few weeks can do so at the Team Mahaska website, www.teammahaska.org,” Gipple said. “The

website has live camera views from the east and west. The site will also have driving directions and a map in the near future,” he said.

“We appreciate the many partners who are helping make the new stadium a reality,” said Oskaloosa School Superintendent Russ Reiter. “We’re excited about opening a new season there in just a few weeks,” he said.

“Once completed our players, fans and visitors will appreciate the quality of the facility,” Reiter said. “It will be one of the finest in the State and will be an asset for our athletic and band programs, as well as other special events”

Are you ready for some Football! See you in August at the new stadium.

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