—by Todd Thorson
The Roland-Story football field has been undergoing a facelift this summer as the new bleacher and press box project continues. New bleachers costing approximately $185,000 are nearly complete, while work has begun on a new press box as well. A new football storage facility will also be constructed past the south end zone. Groundwork will also cost around $70,000 by the time the project is completed. Kevin Patterson is constructing the press box and Todd Townsend and the TownsEnd Company handled the bleacher project.
The project has been in the works for several years and the Roland-Story school district realized they needed a safer structure and that the entire stadium area needed improvements, including a new press box. The press box portion of the project is a joint effort between the school and the Roland-Story Booster Foundation.
The old stadium seating no longer met the requirements set by law, so it was time to address the issues of safety and accessibility.
"I truly believe our fans and students will enjoy the improvements," said Superintendent Mike Billings. "Fortunately, the Roland-Story school board has always been supportive of our school projects, and through long-range planning and conservative appropriates, we are able to maintain and improve all of our physical plant facilities."