By Russ Green/Richmond News
Everything appears to be on target for a July 1 completion date for the new bleachers on the visiting side of Tom Adams Field at Spartan Stadium.
Richmond athletic director Jeff Southwick said that barring any interference from Mother Nature, the new bleachers should be completed by the target date. Crews from Dant Edge of Louisville, Ky., have been in Richmond the past two weeks constructing the bleachers that will seat 350. The total cost rose to $52,000 after it was discovered the original concrete slab the bleachers were to be built on did not meet the contractor’s specifications for safety, stability and complying with the requirements for wheelchair access.
The Richmond school district contributed an additional $10,000 after the discovery of the problems for the foundation. Those funds came from the activity fund, which is non-taxpayer generated revenue. The Richmond Touchdown Club and the Richmond All-Sports Club also combined to contribute $20,000 to the project.
The project replaces the new bleachers that were the ones in use since Spartan Stadium opened in 1991. Visiting fans complained that the old bleachers restricted their views of the field because they could not see over the team’s bench.
The problems came to a head when the Spartans hosted the 2010 and 2011 Class 3 semifinal games. Logan-Rogersville sent a delegation to inspect the facilities prior to the 2011 contest after hearing complaints from Cassville the previous year.