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BHS stadium project closing in on $1.5 million goal

A campaign to fund a $1.5 million improvement to Bellefontaine High School’s stadium is closing in on its goal but additional donations are still needed, a fundraising committee member told the Bellefontaine Rotary Club on Monday.

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Dave Henry, a member of the Bellefontaine Athletic Boosters committee raising funds to renovate the high school football stadium, shows a display of drawings to members of the Bellefontaine Rotary Club on Monday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

“We have done well so far but we are not there yet,” David Henry said, noting that the campaign is about $132,000 shy of the $1.5 million needed to finish the project. “While we are off to a good start, we still need the community’s help.”

The project includes replacing the natural grass playing surface with field turf, which would make BHS the first school in the Central Buckeye Conference to be able host playoff football games, Mr. Henry said.

Other improvements include the purchase of a scoreboard with a built-in sound system and video capabilities, and the construction of a new multipurpose building will also serve as a locker room for the football team and a wrestling room during the winter. Spring athletes also will be able to use the building to dress for practices and games.

The goal is for general contractor Thomas and Marker Construction to begin work this spring and be ready to start on the field replacement the Monday following commencement ceremonies, Mr. Henry said. If all goes as planned, the field would be ready for use by Bellefontaine’s first scheduled home game against Wapakoneta on  Aug. 29.

The project is being funded entirely by private donations with AcuSport Corp. leading the way with a $750,000 donation.

While the decision to name the stadium after the corporate sponsor instead of keeping the name of H.A. Dodd has drawn some criticism from residents, Mr. Henry detailed a memorial that will better lay out the contributions made by the longtime coach, educator and administrator.

“Some folks in the community have questioned the idea of changing the name to a corporate sponsor, but I want to tell you why changing the name from Dodd Stadium might not be a bad idea,” he said...

To donate to the BHS stadium project, click here.

See the full story in Tuesday's Examiner.

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