Saturday December 9th, 2023 8:59PM

Gainesville's City Park stadium to receive series of renovations

By Austin Eller News Director

The Gainesville City Board of Education on Tuesday unveiled plans for a series of renovations to Gainesville's City Park stadium, including new bleachers that can seat 6000 fans, a new press box and a new concessions area.

The project will be split into two phases, with an expected final completion date of Fall 2024. The Gainesville High School football team plays on the field. It's also used for other events, such as for soccer games and graduation.

Phase one, which is expected to start in March and finish in August, will primarily consist of demolition work, according to Gainesville City Schools Chief Operating Officer Adrian Niles. 

Specifically, the old upper bleachers on the home side of the stadium will be demolished and replaced with new, additional bleachers. Additionally, the existing restroom building will be demolished. Two new ticket booths will be built on the home side, with one additional ticket booth being built on the visiting side.

Phase two will include the construction of a new press box, concession stand and upper grandstands. Niles said construction on phase two will begin at the end of the 2023 football season and will be complete by August 2024.

"It's been over 40 years since the last time there were any additions to the grandstand area," Superintendent Jeremy Williams said.

Williams said the renovations will also include a series of ADA improvements. 

"We have, over the years, tried to make some improvements ... for both seating, and parking, and restrooms, so this is a pretty big step for us," Board Member Sammy Smith said.

Renderings of the planned renovations can be viewed in the above photo gallery.

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