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April 20, 2013

Phase 3 of CHS stadium project ready to bid

Cullman High sports fans can expect a new north side entrance and concession stand soon, as plans are finally complete for phase III of the renovation project at the football and baseball stadium.

The Cullman City School system has already made some substantial upgrades to Oliver Woodard Stadium, including a new track and artificial turf field, and officials say the next phase of work should complete the long-running project.

“It’s rolling along and we couldn’t be more excited,” Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris said.

The first two phases of the stadium project redesigned the drainage system and added the artificial turf, while the second phase improved the main entrance and ticket booth on the south side of the stadium.

For phase III, current plans call for a new concession stand and restroom facility on the north side of the stadium, which will be shared with the baseball complex. The older building at that site will be torn down.

“There will be a new ticket booth there, like the one added not too long ago in phase II,” architect Ed Norton said.

Some alternatives in the design are also under consideration, including an expansion of the seating capacity at the baseball complex.

“We’re adding a timekeeper’s booth and almost doubling the baseball seating,” Norton said.

Cullman High Principal Elton Bouldin said his staff has been working with the architects for months, providing advice on the potential design.

“We made sure our coaches and faculty had a lot of input,” Bouldin said.

Officials say bids should be advertised soon, with work expected to begin in the coming months.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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