School Board members in Bridgeport say people are still asking them why the football team can’t play at their longtime stadium.
Superintendent Zac Shutler has re-posted the engineer’s report on social media, explaining that the facility has serious problems.
He said they could pay $700,000 to build new bleachers, but they’d still have no usable restrooms, concessions or fieldhouse.
Shutler also said it wouldn’t make sense to invest in a facility that will continue to flood.
“People need to be patient and understand that this isn’t a month-long or two-month or three-month process,” he continued. “We’re probably looking at a multi-year process just to work with FEMA to see if there’s any funding there. If that doesn’t work out, trying to find a different avenue for revenue to build and also finding the land.
“The waters come up, goes down, come up, goes down, and for the safety of the kids we have to go in and sanitize the facilities,” added School Board member Don Cash. “It’s a continuous building, rebuilding, cleaning. It’s over and over and over.”
This season the team is playing their home games at Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville, for which Bridgeport officials are grateful.
Officials say this could go on for a year or two at least, before another facility is built.
You can read the engineer’s report by clicking here.