Concerned about the deteriorating condition of the concrete bleachers at W.W. Skiles Field at William J. Wilkins Stadium, the Shelby School District is pushing up the timeline to be in a new facility by next fall.

Scott Harvey, the director of buildings and grounds for the school district, said the Whippets could possibly play their third football game of the 2022 season at the new stadium, but that it all hinges on weather and other factors involved with the building process.

“We’re concerned about the bleacher situation because there has been more deterioration at the stadium, said Harvey. On the home side, the far north end of the bleachers have closed off as well as some other areas in the stadium due to safety concerns.

“With the new bleachers sitting out there already, we felt we should do anything in our power to get moved. We wanted to have a grand ribbon cutting, but not everything will be done. We’ll be close enough that we can use the facility,” said Harvey. The home side bleachers were courtesy of Grant Milliron, who donated them from the former race track property he owns in Mansfield.

Provided there are no delays, the plan is to play a final game at Skiles Field against Mansfield Madison in the season opener on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. The first home game at new stadium is slated for Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 against long time Northern Ohio League rival Bellevue.

“Everything is weather and soil condition related,” said Harvey.

For the complete story see Wednesday's front page of the Shelby Daily Globe.

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