RHS sports clubs fund-raise for new bleachers

Richmond’s new visitors’ bleachers will resemble the one above, but with 300 seats rather than the 500 pictured. The new bleachers will replace ones, which were criticized by a number of visiting teams, including Logan-Rogersville during the 2011 football playoffs.

By Russ Green/Richmond News

The Richmond All-Sports Club and the Spartan Touchdown Club are teaming up to raise funds for a new set of bleachers for the visitors’ side at Spartan Stadium. The two organizations decided to work together on the project to replace the old bleachers that have been in place since the opening of the Stadium over 20 years ago.

The old bleachers were installed too low to the ground, with the five rows of seats not high enough for visiting fans to see the field.

The problem was brought to a head during the 2011 Class 3 football semifinals when Logan-Rogersville heard from Cassville fans about the seating situation when they played at Richmond the previous season. Logan-Rogersville then sent some school representatives to look at the bleachers and then issued its complaints about the lack of vision from the stands.

The stadium is not only used for football, but track meets for Richmond High School as well as district and sectional meets hosted by surrounding schools. The stadium also hosts the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, ALS fundraiser rallies, graduation, band events and other activities.

Spartan Touchdown Club secretary Jason Berning, who is also a member of the Richmond All-Sports Club, said the organizations reviewed several proposals when choosing they type of bleachers that would work.

Donations can be taken or mailed to the District office at 1017 East Main Street.

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