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More room for the faithful: Brickyard project would add 500 to 1,000 seats

School officials are looking into the possibility of adding 500 to 1,000 additional seats in The Brickyard to alleviate overcrowding at football games.

Nine vendors have been contacted in an effort to determine the cost, said Dr. Jim Franklin, assistant superintendent for administrative services. Information on the cost should be back by March 1.

"We have too many fans standing at some games," said Dr. Franklin at last week's school board planning meeting.

After determining what the project would cost, and if the project is approved by the board, a proposal will be made at the March school board meeting.

Board members discussed the need for additional seating, and the arrangements for handicapped seating. The community supports the football program and fans often spill over to other areas of The Brickyard, said board member Paul Leroy.

"We have some of our people going to the visitors' side," he said.

There is sometimes room to accommodate those fans when opposing teams don't bring many fans with them, but sometimes the visitors' side is full.

"We need to add to the capacity so that everyone who attends a game will have a place to sit," Dr. Franklin said.

Board member Nether Ivery said, "I grew up as a Bulldog on the visitors' side along with a lot of other folks." He said the fans may not want to change sides.

The plan is to add seating on the end zone where the band plays and on either side of the field house.

The new construction would include seating for handicapped fans which would be accessible by a ramp. In addition, officials would like to add a ramp to the current seating and set aside an area for the handicapped that would offer a better view. At this time, handicapped seating is on the ground, Dr. Franklin said. If the plan gets board approval, funds from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax will be used.

Currently in The Brickyard, construction is underway to install risers in some sections of the stadium to give additional strength and add safety.



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