Beloved Bridgeport stadium faces demolition

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For nearly a century, generations of Bulldog fans have filled these stands to cheer on the blue and black. 

But as the years and the elements have taken their toll on the iconic structure, it may now have to come down. 

“What has happened is there is various floods that have come through the valley here recently and a group of members of an architectural firm has come in and deemed the structure unsafe and what they are looking at as possibly tearing it down,” said Dawn Ketzell Boston, President of the Bridgeport Alumni Association. 

The school board will meet on Thursday to discuss the possible demolition of the Stadium. 

7News spoke to Bridgeport residents about the stadium’s future.

Many said they’re sad to see it go, but there is a positive side. 

“Just being around here and having a lot of friends from tha Bridgeport area, it’s obviously sad to see it go because of how long it’s been around. Depending on the place, it might be a better outcome. A lot more history to be made of it and longer duration for the new one,” said Matthew Kuhn, Bridgeport resident.

“It’s going to be sad to see it go but if it is in that bad of condition there is not much they can do about it.
The big thing is that i’s one of the few places with a roof. Doesn’t matter if it’s raining or what you get out of the weather. If they can’t replace that it’s going to be tough,” added Bob Weaver, Bridgeport Alumni.

“It breaks your heart, but you got to think about this.11 years ago we closed the doors to our high school. Look what it evolved to now. When you look at the Bridgeport community, they are going to build something better,” Ketzell Boston said.

Alumni officials said they’re planning several special events if the stadium is to be demolished. 

Stay with 7News for further updates. 

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