The full gallery of images from the Thursday session of two-a-days is now available online. In order to view the images, click the picture below. Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.
The following are photos from August 7, 2014 of the progress on the home stands at Fredericktown Field. Aluminum surfaces are going up and the new look for events down at the field is taking shape. The bright red highlights are going to make the home stands pop out.
The full gallery of images from the Monday session of football camp for grades three through eight is now available online. In order to view the images, click the picture below. Continue to check back to the site for more pre-season photos and other sports pics throughout the year.
The Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club is hosting a “Stadium Preview Night” on April 26th as a fundraiser for the Stadium Rehabilitation Project. The gates to the stadium will open at 5:00pm and the cost of tickets is $10 pre-sale or $12 at the gate. Concessions as well as a hog roast will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Bands will begin at 6:00pm that evening with more details coming out over the next few days. The two bands at the moment are Grape Candy and Off The Hook.
There will be raffles, membership tables setup, and great entertainment throughout the evening. In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be held in the Fredericktown H.S. gymnasium. Make sure to bring your own lawn chairs or seating options, as the bleachers are unavailable.
Tickets are available at the Fredericktown Local Schools Board Office at 117 Columbus Road. For more information and updates, check www.gofreddies.com
Hello my fellow Fredericktown residents, alumni, and those residing within or served by the Fredericktown Local School District. It should come as no surprise that there is a project going on within the community to rehabilitate the bleacher seating at Fredericktown Stadium. We’ve heard about proposals in the past, but the project has now been taken by the horns by a joint effort between the FLSD and the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters Club. Together the two groups are spearheading the drive to raise money to make sensible improvements.
This structure has served us well and has done so since 1969, however something subject to environmental conditions for 45 years at some point needs more than just a little TLC. In addition to the wear and tear on them a lot has changed in the way of safety codes and the requirements needed in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to information provided by FLSD Superintendent Matt Chrispin, they failed in 18 of 21 categories when inspected. Just looking at them, even the layperson could see a number of concerns, and as a parent of a child who will attend there and does sit in the stands I too am concerned.
What all needs completed you ask? The highlights of the project include:
- Utilizing the current steel structure and press box.
- Removing rust and painting the existing steel structure
- Removing the wood plank seating and walking surfaces and replacing with aluminum.
- Removing gaps between the seating and flooring by installing aluminum planks.
- Railing replacement
- Widening of aisles for handicap accessibility
- The addition of a handicap ramp and accessible seating located on the home side stands.
Why am I standing up for this and why do I wish to see its success? As someone who was raised in this community, an FHS alumni, and a parent, why would I not want a safe stadium that can be enjoyed for years to come? Its about having some pride, doing the right thing and coming together to see this project through. Just because they are still standing and nothing catastrophic has happened to date is no reason to delay making this happen. We’ve been lucky that nothing has happened; the time to repair is now.
Even though football Friday nights is the stereotypical thing that comes to mind when you hear stadium, it should be no surprise that it is used for far more. These bleachers are used for High School and Junior High football, Track and Field events of all ages, the Marching Band, Youth Football, and public events that utilize the field.
What exactly is the next step, and is this project going to move forward you ask? Volunteers from the community are anxiously awaiting a break in the weather to begin removing all of the wooden boards from the bleachers to make way for the renovation to begin and have an impact in cost reduction.
People within the community are already in action getting the word out of the importance to get the community backing. Through charitable donations from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Kokosing Construction, Ariel Corporation, Dr. Kyle Randall, MD. (Class of 2000), and booster volunteers, the funding is well underway. We aren’t there yet and we need YOUR help in order to see it through!
Donations can be made in the form of a check made payable to the Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project and mailed to:
Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County
Fredericktown Stadium Rehabilitation Project
1 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Any amount possible that is donated will help this project out. Imagine if just the alumni that are reading were to donate $10 each how far that would go to completing the bleacher renovation? Please spread the word, please forward this to your alumni friends and encourage them to step up and give back to a worthy cause.