Construction has begun to replace the bleachers on the east side of Dozier Field. The new bleachers will seat 1,000 spectators and meet new safety
Construction has begun to replace the bleachers on the east side of Dozier Field. The new bleachers will seat 1,000 spectators and meet new safety requirements. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
The Park City High School Miners football team will have a greater capacity for spectators under the Friday night lights thanks to the replacement of the bleachers on the east side of Dozier Field. The capital project list approved by the school board last April concludes with the bleachers project, which was supposed to be completed by June 30.

According to PCSD business administrator Todd Hauber, the bleachers -- purchased from Hanson Sports in Los Angeles -- could not be delivered until next week. The new bleachers will seat 1,000 spectators while the old bleachers could only seat up to about 700.

Hughes Construction began removing the old bleachers about 10 days ago and is working with the soil to reset the foundation for the new bleachers. The total project cost will be about $190,000, and the money will come from the school district's capital fund.

During the capital needs prioritization process last year, Hauber said, the school board determined the poor condition of the visitor stands, originally installed in the 1970s, needed to be addressed. Regulations and safety requirements for stadium seating have changed.

"We are only replacing the bleachers on the east side, because the bleachers on the home side of the field are up to the Americans with Disabilities Act standards," Hauber said. "The issues with the visitor side bleachers were that they were no longer up to ADA standards and handrails and backs to seats at the top tier of the bleachers were not in place."

Rather than try to weld onto the existing bleachers, the district decided to replace them completely. The bleachers are sectioned, and some of the sections were in very poor condition.

The bleachers still in good condition will be relocated to the district's softball and baseball fields, Hauber said. The cost of the relocation will be covered with a cost already set aside in personnel, because they will be relocating the bleachers themselves. A timeline has not been set for the project.

Hauber said the replacement of the bleachers was supposed to take place last summer, but the track remodeling project took longer than expected. Trying to complete the track project by August last summer was rushed in order to avoid interfering with football season.

"We had a little bit of a challenge there, because the first game last season was supposed to be a home game and we had to change it. We couldn't host it, because the track wasn't done," Hauber said. "We couldn't begin replacing the bleachers, because the track wasn't done. We didn't want to have more conflict with the football games being postponed or rescheduled, so we just said we would do the bleachers later."

Construction on the bleachers should be complete by the end of the month. Removing a large amount of earth where the old bleachers sat will create room for access ramps that are wheelchair accessible, and the new bleachers will come with all the handrails needed to ease safety concerns.

"Once all is said and done, the new stands will seat 300 plus more spectators and be in full compliance with ADA standards," Hauber said.