Upgrades Taking Shape at Alumni Stadium

Published 06/26 2014 07:14PM

Updated 06/26 2014 09:36PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The first high school football practice is less than 40 days away, and as the season nears, so does the completion of the facelift on the Northside school.

Twenty-four years passed since the complex at Lafayette's Alumni Stadium last received any renovations -- the addition of locker rooms in 1990. Now four and a half months after the current upgrades were approved, the project is nearing completion.

"We're just very thankful for our school district came through for us and gave us the funds for this stuff and allowed us to do this," Irish head football coach Paul Woolard said. "We're really pleased with it."

The facility includes larger locker rooms for home and away teams, an improved dressing room for referees and an expanded coaches office with a meeting room.

But Woolard says it was the press box, which was built nearly 40 years ago when they stadium was first constructed, that was the driving force behind the project.

"Our press box was kind of dilapidated. We were afraid it might fall down with people on it watching games and stuff. Really it all went together to be able to redo the locker room, put it underneath."

Construction is expected to be complete in late July. Lafayette's first home football game comes in week three against Benton.

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