BOARDMAN - The Boardman Local School District recently removed the wooden and steel bleachers at the old football field on Stadium Drive next to Center Middle School.
The demolition work began Feb. 21, and most of the structure was torn down by the end of the week.
"These are only the visitor stands and the metal stands on either side of the concrete stadium," Boardman Schools Superintendent Timothy Saxton said. "The concrete stands and press box will remain."
Photos by Jim McCreary / Town Crier
Demolition crews clean up the remnants of the old student section bleacher seating.
The contract was awarded to Woldford for $13,600, with the funds for the demolition coming from the balance in the land swap between Boardman Township and the school system.
The property deal recently closed, providing the township with land at Stadium Drive and Market Street to build a new fire station in exchange for property on Tod Avenue, which was formerly owned by the township, so the schools could build a new bus garage.
The safety of stands have been the topic of discussion for several years, with many of the wooden seats sagging or breaking as well as not having the proper handrails and enclosure.
The school district chose to remove the stands because it still has access to the land from the Market Street side along with the money from the land swap.
Saxton said that the schools will be responsible for any site work after the demolition is completed and he is considering the removal of the perimeter fencing and relocation of the light poles.