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Warren stadium project

Workers prepare for the turf to be laid

Photo by Art Smith Workers prepare to unroll a membrane for below the artificial turf being installed on the Warren High School football field as work continues on the replacement of the high school.

As work is nearing the end at Warren High School, construction continues on the new athletic complex.

“Turf is coming Tuesday and they’ll start installation,” said Superintendent Kyle Newton.

Employees from the corporate offices of the Motz Group of Cincinnati, the sports field construction company, will visit the complex on Wednesday. They were contracted to work on the new stadium.

Newton said the complex should be done by spring and there is a long list of changes visitors can expect to see when it’s finished.

¯ The new football turf will have green accents, including the Warrior on the pegasus logo.

¯ There will be new throwing areas for track and field.

¯ Shot put and discus will combine on the new throwing area, which will be completely redone. It will be flattened and level with the track and turf, Newton said.

“That might be the spot I’m most excited about, because it looks so good,” he said.

¯ There will be blacktop around the throwing pits.

¯ A new eight-lane track will be fenced in.

¯ There will be new away bleachers with elevated ADA compliant access with an asphalt path.

¯ The soccer stadium has updated home and away bleachers.

Athletic Director Steve Harold said there will be enough seating for 900 for soccer matches.

Newton said the soccer field got a great facelift with real grass, bleachers, lights and updated signage.

“It’s really, really come together,” he said.

¯ New LED lighting is being installed. The track and throwing areas are also lit now.

¯ Three new flag poles were added to the north hill. The American flag, the state flag and Warren’s flag will fly there.

The pride rock will be placed on the hill in a place of honor and a new victory bell that was donated to the district will be added.

“It was donated to the district from the Irvines,” Newton said. “It’s a beautiful bell that was made in Cincinnati in the 1800s.”

He said the flags, rock and bell will be able to be seen from everywhere in the complex. Steps will be added with a terrace so people can watch games from there.

¯ The scoreboard is being relocated.

¯ Concourse areas will have asphalt.

¯ Fencing will include green space.

¯ There will be WiFi throughout the stadium.

¯ The press box is being renovated.

¯ New play clocks will be installed.

¯ There will be additional branding throughout the facility.

Newton said the design for the new concession stand and bathrooms has been finalized and they are almost to the point of sending it out to bid.

“We won’t have the concession stand and bathroom in time for football,” he added.

The restrooms will be kept unlocked for the use of people walking the track or playing on the playground.

Newton said he’s excited they will be able to better incorporate the big blue pavilion into the athletic complex. The pavilion, located between the football/track area and the soccer stadium, will be open for use.

Harold said he’s proud of the work done on the new complex.

“It’s a well thought out football stadium that’s going to make a better experience for athletes and fans,” he said. “When it’s done, it will be one of the nicest facilities.”

He said the complex will be nice, “and I wish I was in high school again.”

Harold said the football seating will be greatly improved, as the previous seats were at ground level, so it was difficult to see over the football players’ heads during a game.

The soccer fields, track and throwing areas will also be a big improvement.

“This will be one one of the premier stadiums in Southeast Ohio,” he noted.

With updated fields and better seating, the school district will be able to host district or regional events.

“The possibilities are endless,” Harold said. “We’ll have a facility accessible for every sport we have. It’s something to be proud of for years to come.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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