By Stefanie Thompson
On Monday morning, a group of school and city officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at Lake Havasu High School, at the site of the Lee Barnes Football Stadium.
According to the high school’s Athletic Director Brady Krueger, construction is still in the preparation phase, “still in the early phases.” Monday’s ceremony was an opportunity to say thank you to all the people involved in making the upgrade a reality, as well as a chance to show the project’s progress.
Demolition of the old field and stadium complex began earlier this year to make way for the new construction. Krueger said the project will basically be “rebuilding from scratch.”
“The field should be beautiful once it’s finished,” Krueger said. “It will be top-of-the-line.”
The stadium complex will feature new bleachers, lights, concession stand and bathroom facilities, as well as a FieldTurf playing field and all-weather track.
“This will be something students and alumni can really be proud of,” Krueger said. “It will be something that will evoke pride for the school and for the whole Havasu community.”
Kreuger said that sports teams hope to be able to start using the lower field in July for practices, and that the entire project is scheduled to wrap up around Aug. 1.
The new field will have 1,000 more seats than the old, bringing the total number of seats to 3,000. And the bleachers will be ADA compliant for the handicapped.
Lighting will be upgraded to include four LED Musco light poles that are more directional onto the field, similar to those recently installed at the city’s new Cypress Park.
The following photos are progress of the field demo up until April 2.