Louisiana boosters, school board teaming up to improve football stadium
Louisiana Bulldogs Booster Club Treasurer Kevin Keely stands by the existing ticket booth. The new one will be built along the fence line to the right in this photo.
Louisiana High School’s Cunningham Field will get improvements this summer in a collaboration between the Louisiana Bulldog Boosters and the school board.
At the Nov. 18 meeting, the board voted to spend no more than $10,000 to replace the south side fence and move the ticket booth. In turn, the boosters will donate up to $10,000 and the labor to get the project done.
“It shouldn’t go over $18,000,” said booster Treasurer Kevin Keely. “It should make the stadium a little more safe and it will look better.
“The (chain link) fence has been there many years and has served its purpose,” Keely said. The new aluminun fence “will run the whole length of the section from the concession stand to the end of the track.”
The eight-foot section, wrought-iron style picket fence is like the one at the Bowling Green High football field, Keely said.
The ticket booth will be moved eastward to better accomodate traffic flow during football games and track meets, Keely added.
“People stand in the parking lot now waiting to get in when cars and busses are trying to get through there,” he said.
The project will be done this summer so that it doesn’t interfere with any track meets during the spring season, Keely said.
“Any and all volunteers will be appreiciated. The only way we can afford to do it is by ourselves,” Keely said.
Those interested in helping can call Keely at 754-0095.
Press box next
The vote to approve the project was not unanimous. Voting for it were board members Daryle Wallace, Sharon Dillender, Pam Todd-Watts, Rob Lumley and Lori Helkey.
Board member Wes Patton abstained because he is the booster president. Board member Tony Gschwender voted against the project, saying he wanted the press box fixed first.
“The press box is a disaster,” Gschwender said. Coaches can no longer film from atop the press box because it is unstable and there is insufficient room for the media and coaches during events, he added.
However, Patton said materials have already been secured to fix the press box as well.
Keely said the boosters might try to fix the press box this summer while they’re building the new fence and ticket booth.