Warrior Stadium to get new press box

After tearing down the second level of the old press box, volunteers continue demolition work at Warrior Stadium Saturday morning. The goal is to have the new press box ready for Marion?s first home football game, Sept. 4.  Janae Rempel / Free Press

Volunteers gathered at Warrior Stadium in Marion Saturday morning to tear down the old two-story press box.

Gene Winkler, who is spearheading the project, said it took three hours to tear down the deteriorating structure, which was built in the early 1990s, he said.

?It was rotting out and you could see clear through from the floor clear down,? Winkler said. ?It was getting pretty bad. It needed to be replaced.?

The new press box will have metal siding and cover a space 10 feet deep by 50 feet long, Winkler said. It will be all on one level.

?Having the second story, you always had to climb up,??Winkler said. ?This way, it?s going to be longer and a little deeper, so we’ll be able to have more room.?

The eventual plan, Winkler said, is to extend the press box across the top of the stadium.

?We?re running so short on time, we?re going to try to do the middle section right now and get it done before football season and then maybe later build on to either end of it,??Winkler said.

Marion USD 408 is supplying the material for the project, with volunteers providing the labor.

Those interested in making a donation to the project may contact Superintendent Lee Leiker at 620-382-2117.

One benefit the new press box will provide is increased space.

?Right now, when the visiting team comes, they have no place for the coaches really, only that one little room, and you always had to go through their little room to get to the center part,? Winkler said. ?It just wasn?t good. If we had a radio station come, they had to sit outside and set up.

?When we get it all done, that?ll take care of all of that. Everybody will be able to have a little room to work out of.?

The goal is to have the new press box ready for use in time for Marion?s first home football game, Sept. 4.

?We?ve got a few things we?ve got to get done before we start building the floor,??Winkler said. ?But I think when we start building, if we have enough help out there, that?ll go up pretty quick.?

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