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Officials seeking plan, funds to fix Stadium Field

February 17, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Officials working to correct the structural issues at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field are trying to find the funds to address the issues and get the stadium open as quickly as......

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AaronL

Feb-17-13 12:49 AM

Did Erickson Field fall from the face of the earth overnight? There's a place for them to chase their ball,just have to add some effort to do so. Worry about the leaking roofs,settling foundations, THEN sports structures, especially redundant ones. Put pride aside and look at the dollars and cents.

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mauser

Feb-17-13 2:30 AM

i have an idea, how about tearing down the whole stadium. the neighborhood would love to be able to actually leave their homes on game days. seriously, football game visitors take up all the spots in the area, block our cars in, tear up grass and damage our vehicles. not to mention the screaming, siren sounds, band playing, and that cannon. i just love having my dogs go nuts every time it goes off.

in short, anyone within 5 blocks of PHS probably hates the stadium/games as much as i do.

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mauser

Feb-17-13 2:30 AM

and dont even get me started on the flood lights that they leave on all night, for no reason...

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Geezer

Feb-17-13 4:11 AM

Once again I have to ask, what happened to the funds generated from the $1.00 increase in ticket prices after the last panic related to the stadium deterioration? That dollar was to be used to address this very situation. It's been 15-20 years since the increase. Where is the money?

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impeachobama

Feb-17-13 5:24 AM

Tear it down and let them play at Erickson...theyre not any better than south side who had to play on stadium field for years before getting thier own...let them rebuild it with donations like south had to do...

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impeachobama

Feb-17-13 5:26 AM

Better yet if the board puts any money towards stadium field then they need to put matching funds towards erickson and williamstown fields

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Geezer

Feb-17-13 6:06 AM

The photos accompanying this article show deterioration that has progressing for years. Why did school administrators and county maintenance personnel wait until the stadium was condemned before discussing any plans for repair?

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denver

Feb-17-13 6:50 AM

Good questions "Geezer," Now let's see if somebody can answer them.

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Disgruntledfew

Feb-17-13 6:55 AM

Just demolish the concrete and put in aluminum bleachers. Certainly the big donors can afford to do that,

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janeeyre1

Feb-17-13 7:46 AM

This sounds like a distraction ploy to take the attention away from the Bad Kid Fort fiasco and it's impending financial repurcussions.

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janeeyre1

Feb-17-13 7:48 AM

instead of fixing the stadium maybe we should be focussing on fixing the education system in Wood County? Just Saying....

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Rakeer

Feb-17-13 8:36 AM

JCB1964, yes on the repair comment, the stadium should be fixed. Its part of history, it's part of what PHS stands for. Don't like the flood lights, close your blinds, the noise, get some ear plugs, your car, park it in your back yard, the screaming and sounds PEOPLE HAVING FUN!

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Rakeer

Feb-17-13 8:44 AM

Oh yea, the "bad kid fort" here's an idea, make a "bad teacher fort" and make the teacher stand in it for as long as the kid did, would that make people happy?

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pkrsbrgh

Feb-17-13 9:12 AM

just been following this story loosely, but it seems like absolutely nobody is taking accountability in this situation.

the short-term fix is nothing short of irresponsible spending - it makes no sense other than getting the football team back in action for five whole years (OMG, what a long time for only 900,000!).

is it not true that these short-term fixes coupled with downright neglect is why they are in this situation in the first place?

come on wood county school system/phs athletics/whomever - get it together and at a minimum, some accountability is expected.

cheers.

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Privatized

Feb-17-13 10:06 AM

"We are open to any options. ... a lot of other options have been thrown out for discussion, but none have been seriously considered."

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localyokel

Feb-17-13 11:57 AM

"Must Be 21 To Enter" Field at the Finish Line Sports Complex

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GregBailey

Feb-17-13 3:58 PM

I will continue to bring this up (possibly even as a letter) until it is listened to and enacted. Every single article like this needs to have the concept of a local or state-chartered Bank of Parkersburg brought up. Such a bank can and should use the powers of fractional reserve lending for the good of the people, like the state-chartered Bank of North Dakota already does. It can develop a low or 0% interest loan to get things done. Then all that has to happen is the loan gets repaid to the Bank of Parkersburg.

Erickson field could have had a loan to create it. Stadium Field could have a loan to fix it. There are many, many other items that can be handled through a state or locally-chartered bank, but this should be brought up every single time an article like this happens.

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HenryWescott

Feb-17-13 4:18 PM

Geezer"The photos accompanying this article show deterioration that has progressing for years. Why did school administrators and county maintenance personnel wait until the stadium was condemned before discussing any plans for repair?" Because they wanted it to deteriorate to this point so they can put it in the news and get public support to take funds from all schools to fix stadium field by saying it's an emergency. Unlike South who got tired of waiting for the board to do anything and went out and raised money and business help to build their own stadium while still being ignored by the board. let them play at Ericson. Karma isn't that nice is it?

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edrforshey

Feb-17-13 4:45 PM

Swisher Stadium - I mean that's what you all are hoping for, right? ----------------------------------- I honestly don't see that ever happening. Like I said in the other article comments; He hasn't agreed with to many football things since 2001. I don't care where the money comes from as long as its not from tax money. Playing at South would be okay, but that surface can't handle another 40 to 60 events. I still think it will be Marietta or 10 away games in 2013.

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denver

Feb-17-13 4:51 PM

I think "GregBailey" idea needs looked into! Sounds like a good idea to me!

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marvin

Feb-17-13 5:41 PM

Is there still trade school shops under the bleachers?What will be done with them?

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bigredmarchingband1

Feb-17-13 7:08 PM

@mauser... your complaint is completely illogical, the stadium was built in 1923 and I'd bet my bottom dollar you weren't living at your residence at the time. That being said, you moved to your residence knowing there was a high school stadium just a very short distance away. What gives you the right to complain? I live at least two miles away from PHS and i can see the stadium lights and hear the band play. Have a sense of pride in where you live because not many communities have a great rivalry like we do between our two major high schools.

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Geezer

Feb-18-13 5:21 AM

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution gives him the right to complain.

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bigredmarchingband1

Feb-18-13 7:34 AM

@geezer Actually its freedom of speech and did I ever state that @mauser did not have the right to complain? All i said was that her complaint was illogical based on her knowledge prior to moving to her current residence given the information of her surroundings as they considered the real estate at which they now live

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mauser

Feb-18-13 9:22 AM

first off i am a man, second, i am pointing out the behavior of the people attending the games. honestly, visit the area when the football games are going on. see how many people disrespect the people who live in the area. every game we have vandalism, theft, damage from the cars. then there is the noise. even if you turn on the tv or a radio to drown out the sound of the game, you cannot drown out the sound of the idiot kids in their cars carrying on and playing loud music. the school has all that empty land in front of it, yet they do nothing about the lack of parking for the games and leave it up to us to deal with their visitors.

10 years ago it was an annoyance, but lately it has gotten bad, really bad. basically, tear down the stadium, or keep your visitors on your property PHS, we are tired of dealing with them.

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