On Saturday, March 22, at the Fullbackers’ second annual Wild game Feed, the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association announced its intension to renovate and revitalize True Lay Stadium from a football/track stadium to an Athletic Complex. Co-Chair Tim Paradiso explained the project and goals that need to be reached to complete the complex project. These renovations will benefit students and athletes of all ages in the Port Clinton School system. This will include, but is not limited to, soccer, football, track & field, cross county and expanding to Bataan School, the band and the community. With the new complex, the school will be able to host more sporting events including several events under the lights. Co-chairs Joe Brenner and Bill Lowe were also present. At the front of the room, there was a display of renderings of projected design plan for the complex when completed.
The new athletic complex will include a new field turf, dimensions and markings for a regulation soccer field, new 8-lane all-weather surface track with new black vinyl chain link fence, home and away bleachers for spectators, a new locker room, an expanded weight room, and new stadium lighting. There will also be a new entrance and a new state-of-the-art press box.
An area will be designated near the side of the track and field to list the names of the contributors that donated to make this project possible. There will also be special preserved areas, such as the flag pole at the far end of the stadium, will remain unchanged; as well as the name of the stadium.
Most of the funding for this $3 million project will be exclusively from private donations and sponsorships. Fred Zink, a representative for the Fullbackers, was present to present a check in the amount of $175,000 to the PC Athletic Complex Association. Also, the Port Clinton Athletic Booster President Rick Kokinda was present to present a check in the amount of $140,000. There are sponsorship opportunities for donors of all levels to contribute to the complex project.
The overwhelming support from the Port Clinton City Schools and Administration has played a big part of this renovation. Although the Port Clinton City Schools will not be funding any of the major renovations, the Board of Education will consider making improvements to the grandstand.
Overseeing the project will be Poggemeyer Design Group out of Bowling Green. The projected completion of the renovations is the fall of 2015. The ground breaking date has not been set yet but the project will be done in stages as not to conflict with any sporting events or school functions.