Tiger stadium ready for varsity football opener

Reconstruction project finished ahead of schedule

Work on Tiger Stadium has progressed to the point where it will ready Sept. 2.  (Photo by Andy Rogers)
Work on Tiger Stadium has progressed to the point where it will ready Sept. 2. (Photo by Andy Rogers)

Although construction is not entirely complete, Tiger Stadium is scheduled to be ready for the varsity football home opener against Mounds View on Sept. 2.

The reconstruction project on the stadium is actually ahead of schedule.

In June, contractors found additional damage that pushed back the estimated completion date to Sept. 16. Plans were being made to play the game at Boeckman Middle School.

“In June, contractors ran into an issue with the concrete slab that the bleachers would sit on,” said Jane Houska, Farmington finance director. “They thought it would take an extra three weeks. As they got into it, it wasn’t as difficult as they assumed. Everybody has been working diligently to get it done.”

The project began because erosion caused significant damage to the plaza and retaining wall at the Farmington High School stadium.

Still, the repair project is not 100 percent complete. The district is asking those who attend events at the stadium respect the remaining construction zones and follow posted signs.

The north hill is off limits to everyone for the 2016-17 school  year.

Drivers can still park on the east side of the building, but parking on the west side is limited. There are also additional handicap parking spots available on the west side of the stadium.

The north drive is currently closed to traffic, so those traveling to the west side of the stadium must take the south drive around the building.

Walking access between the east and west sides of the stadium is closed, but there are detours posted.