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Chesapeake sports building almost complete, track delayed

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- A new building that will house a concession stand, restrooms and a visitor's locker room could be finished by the end of next month, weather permitting, according to Chesapeake Superintendent Jerry McConnell.

"Everyone is excited about what is to come," said Chesapeake Principal Troy Tucker. "It will be a great thing for our community and for our kids."

"We have weekly meetings updating us on the project," McConnell said Monday. "We're hoping it gets ready for the end of February. They're working on the drywall and installing lockers right now."

The new track, however, won't be ready for the spring track season, he said. "The track won't be completed until late spring," McConnell said. "Everyone wants the best quality project. There were some rain issues in the fall that delayed us."

The Chesapeake Board of Education approved a $3.2 million project more than a year ago to install a turf field, new bleachers on the home and away side of the field, a new press box, a new track and the building housing the concession stand, handicapped-accessible restrooms and visitor's locker room. The work is being done by J&H Erectors of Portsmouth, Ohio.

The project caused Chesapeake to play all its home football games away from Chesapeake. The high school also has been having no home track meets in the past few years.

"South Point High School has been gracious enough to (allow us to) use their track on occasion," Tucker said.

The school district also had to deal with a number of drainage issues as part of the project in the area along Ohio 7, McConnell said.

One positive note has been the weight room has been moved to the high school building, he said. "The weight room is being remodeled," he said.

The turf field will be used both for football and boys and girls soccer.

The high school had to close the track several years ago due to drainage problems and after the track developed cracks.