Above is an artists rendering of what Option A, renovating the current facility at Eggerss Stadium, may look like. (Photo submitted)
Above is an artists rendering of what Option A, renovating the current facility at Eggerss Stadium, may look like. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – 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 first 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 A: Renovate the Current Facility at Eggerss Stadium

Eggerss Stadium has been a center piece of the community for 81 years. This historic structure is centrally located within the community allowing many of the fans to walk to the game and enjoy downtown. Built in 1936, it is located close to the field allowing fans a view of the game unique to Van Wert Football. Aesthetically, this may be the finest venue in the Western Buckeye League.

The restoration/renovations will include concrete repairs and re-facing to the stadium handicapped seating on the visitor side and new press boxes (home and visitor). The construction of a new multi-functional building will include locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, and ticket sales. Additional parking and new fencing will be built on the lawn south of the current field. A new 2000 seat visitor bleacher section, south end-zone bleacher section for the band, and an artificial turf field will complete the complex. The proud tradition of the Cougar Pride wall, and ability to stand along the south end zone fence will continue to allow generations of players, students and fans to enjoy the storied tradition.

This option provides limited additional parking. Furthermore, it is expected that on-going maintenance costs of preserving the current stadium will be at a higher level than the other options.

A list of the estimated costs are as follows:

1. Locker Room, Toilet Room, Ticket-Concessions-Storage, Facilities – 10,000 square feet at $155 per square foot for a total cost of $1,550,000

2. Site Pavement - Concrete – 15,000 square feet at $6 per square foot for a total cost of $90,000

3. Site Pavement - Asphalt – 85,000 square feet at $8.76 per square foot for a total cost of $750,002

4. New Visitor Bleachers – 2,000 seats for a total cost of $455,000

5. Handicap Ramps - Home and Visitor – $60,000

6. Home and Visitor Press Boxes – $160,000

7. Football Field Lighting, Upgrade/Fixture Positioning – $100,000

8. Concrete Repairs Under Stadium and Top – $563,700

9. Concrete Repairs to All Walls & Ticket Booth Exterior – $40,000

10. Field Goal Protection South End – $20,000

11. Demo Existing East & West Room, New Pavement & Drainage – $60,000

12. Ticket Booth Renovation/ Construction – $35,000

13. Artificial Turf – $699,000

14. Fencing – $10,000

The subtotal thus far would be $4,582,702. Another $75,000 would be needed Permits, Soil Boring, and Due Diligence putting the subtotal at $4,657,702. A 10 percent ($465,770) Contingency and a 6.5 percent AE Fee ($333,026) would also be needed.

The grand total of Option A would be $5,456,498.

Look for Option B in Thursday’s edition of The Times Bulletin and Option C in Friday’s edition of The Times Bulletin.