Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Now that the Heiting Community Stadium is finished, the Marshfield Middle School athletic facilities are next up for improvements.
Minor prep work has been completed and the rubber surface on the track has been scraped. The inside area of the track has also been treated, said Athletic Director Nathan DeLany. Next will likely be the removal of the west side bleachers at Beell Stadium.
The project is expected to be completed in May 2020. Rainy weather has stalled further progress at the middle school and also development of the baseball and softball fields at Marshfield High School.
No major design changes have taken place since May, when the plans for the middle school were presented, said DeLany. These plans include a 6-lane track, regrading of the Beell Stadium turf and a practice field on the east side, and the addition of a shot put, discus pad & cage, practice softball field, and grass parking areas. The 8th Street ticket booth will be reworked as a press box.
Part of a larger effort to improve the district’s outdoor athletic facilities, the renovations at the middle school will cost about $1.5 million, funded through community donations and district funds.
“I think working with our middle school athletic director and knowing we are going to increase our ability for kids to utilize a new, upgraded state-of-the-art facility is a huge bonus for our community and our kids,” said DeLany. “I’m excited for it to all be done. It’s just having to be patient along the way.”
The community athletic facilities broke ground at the high school in April and the new stadium was finished in time for the 2019 football season, celebrated with a ribbon cutting during Homecoming weekend in September.
The Marshfield Tigers will face off against Sparta on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Watch the game live at www.OnFocus.news/Sports/.