The Van Wert Stadium Committee worked for nearly 10 months to resolve the stadium issue. The week of Sept. 25, the committee released three options. (DHI Media/File photo/Kirsten Barnhart)
The Van Wert Stadium Committee worked for nearly 10 months to resolve the stadium issue. The week of Sept. 25, the committee released three options. (DHI Media/File photo/Kirsten Barnhart)
VAN WERT – After deliberation on the what to about Eggerss Stadium began to eat into Van Wert Board of Education meetings, a Stadium Committee was created in late 2016.

Eggerss, built in 1936, had began to see some wear with age, despite the school’s best efforts to maintain the facility. After 81 years of being exposed to the elements, the school announced that routine maintenance was no longer enough.

In 2017, the Committee met several times to carefully craft options for the community to vote on, complete with a break down of the dollar amounts for each line item. After nearly 10 months, the committee released three options.

On Sept. 27, the community was given “Option A: Renovate the current facility at Eggerss Stadium” which allowed for Eggerss to remain in place in downtown Van Wert and would give the facility a face lift.


On Sept. 28, the community was presented “Option B: Building a new facility at the current location of Eggerss Stadium.” This option would have allowed for Van Wert football to be continued to be played downtown. Eggerss would have been demolished and, in its place, a new stadium would have been built.

Finally, on Sept. 29, the community was presented with “Option C: Building a new facility at Van Wert High School.” This option would have placed a new facility with the rest of Van Wert’s buildings and structures at the school’s site on State Route 118.

Following the release of the options a survey opened on Sept. 30 and closed on Oct. 10. Citizens were able to vote on the options they felt best. When data was collected and ready to be presented, the Stadium Committee made a recommendation to the Board of Education.

At the Oct. 26 Board meeting, Stadium Committee members recommended “Option A” to the Board after data showed that just over 70 percent of people who live in the school district preferred that option over the other two.

The survey also asked registered voting responders living in the district if they would be willing to financially support one of the options through a bond issue for district taxpayers, to which 67 percent of voters said that they “would vote YES on the bond issue for a renovation of Eggerss Stadium.”

The percentage fell when asked if they would be willing to financially support Option B or C.

During the Dec. 20 Van Wert Board of Education meeting the Board motioned to cease utilization of the visitor bleachers at Eggerss Stadium effective immediately. The district was notified by their insurance company that the bleachers pose a serious life safety issue which would significantly impact their insurability.

Those bleachers are in the plans for renovation in Option A.

During that meeting, the Board also approved a motion to acknowledge the Eggerss Stadium Committee recommendation.

In 2018 the Board plans to begin strategic planning to address the Eggerss Stadium Project with the recommendation of Option A.