PARKERSBURG - With time drawing short and money becoming a necessity to continue the rebuild of Stadium Field, the PHS Stadium Committee has picked up the pace for fundraising events.
The first phase of the project, the removal of the bleachers and concrete has taken place and the second phase - the pouring of the concrete molding for the new bleachers - has begun. But funding has become critical due to the fact work cannot start without funds in hand. The total cost of the project will be nearly $3 million with all but $700,000 to be raised privately.
Saturday will be a busy day for local fundraisers with a citywide canvas planned for Vienna and the north side of Parkersburg. Football, soccer and track athletes as well as Red Wings and cheerleaders will take part in the door-to-door effort from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone who has been to Stadium Field or taken part in activities there is urged to donate generously. There will be commemorative T-shirts sold as well as red and white handmade bracelets and souvenir photographs featuring the field at night during a half-time ceremony with a large crowd.
Also this Saturday at the Big Sandy parking lot behind McCrady-Jones Insurance there will be a car wash where friends, fans and alumni can make donations or purchase several items. The car wash will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sponsors are being sought with three levels of donations - Bronze, $500; Silver, $1,000; Gold, $2,000; and Platinum, $2,500 and above. Sponsors will have three years to honor their pledges. Sponsors meeting any of the pledge levels will be listed on a plaque to be displayed prominently in the stadium.
Donations from fans and alumni who are proud of Stadium Field and its 93 year history may be sent to Parkersburg High School in care of Charlotte Potter, Stadium Field Committee, 2101 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101. The committee has a brochure to explain the the entire project, which includes not only new bleachers but hopefully new seats as well.
The Big Red football season opener was to have been a home game on Aug. 30 with Warren Local, but that game may be changed to an away contest if the bleachers are not finished. Completion date for the home stands is tentatively set for Aug. 22. The press box and upper two rows of the stands will not be taken down. Several home soccer matches, girls and boys, may have to be moved as well as the threat of no middle school or Pee Wee football being held at Stadium Field.
Donations can be made online at PHSBigRedsFootball.com through PayPal.