The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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June 30, 2014

Superintendent dispels football stadium rumors

BROOKFIELD — Rumors that the Brookfield Warriors won’t be playing football at Addison Field this fall are “absolutely” not true, according to School Superintendent Tim Saxton.

What is true, though, is that the stadium has some dire repair needs, some that will be “temporary fixes” at best to an old field that promises to keep falling apart.

After taking a look at the press boxes and locker rooms with Maintenance Supervisor Tom Vickers, Saxton brought a structural engineer in to evaluate the safety of the facility built in the late 1940s. That report was better than he anticipated, he said.

Winslow Engineering recommended:

ä Remove and replace the stairway leading to the home press box. Those who need access can go up through the bleachers, but limits would be placed on how many people it can hold.

ä Build some masonry walls for additional support in the locker room area.

ä Seal off corroded or rusted metal decking and joists.

ä Remove the second tier access ladder in the press box and install a new one.

While the district solicits formal bids for the projects, Saxton said he estimates the repairs will cost about $7,000 and he isn’t sure how the district will pay for it.

At one time, he said, community supporters talked about raising money to build a new football field on the site of the current K-12 school along Bedford Road. He’s hopeful that same group may want to work on fundraising for the Addison field.

“Any fixes that we make to Addison are temporary. Because of the age of the complex, it stands to reason that more things are going to go wrong. But these repairs can’t wait. We need estimates once we find some people that can come out in July and take care of these things,” he said.

School Director Ron Brennan said he’d like to consider “getting creative” and asking local contractors to donate services to get the field in working order before the first  home game on Sept. 12.

“Maybe we could put their name on the press box or something?” he said.

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