As baseball season wraps up and football season approaches, not only are players and coaches getting prepared, so is Union County Stadium Manager Ronnie Wade as he works to get the field “football ready.”
Last week, Wade had a crew to come in and put down sod, converting the baseball diamond back into a football turf.
This week, Wade has White Curtz Structural Engineers working on moving the bleachers back in and ensuring they are safe for the public to use. The bleachers are transportable and were bought in 1987.
“We have begun putting them back up today,” said Wade. “We have got to be sure they’re safe.”
While each aspect of preparing the stadium for the upcoming season is crucial, Wade said the bleachers are his main concern right now. Two of the existing bleachers are being repaired. Wade said they’d been damaged by a storm during the baseball season.
“Top pieces of one set were blown onto another,” said Wade. “There are no significant damages, merely cosmetic.”
The turf has been put down on the field, so now Wade says the focus is on getting the bleachers and everything else ready before the first game on Aug. 26.
“We really have to be efficient with returning the bleachers to the field after baseball season,” Wade said. “When you put 2,000 people on a set of bleachers, you want to make sure it’s safe.”
Official first day of practice for the Union County Yellow Jackets is Friday, July 29.