CUYAHOGA FALLS: Clifford Stadium is getting a face-lift, courtesy of the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation.
And the foundation is giving individuals and businesses a chance to be memorialized in brick while contributing to the reconstruction and to a general scholarship fund.
The home of the Black Tigers football team will get a new front entrance and gate, walkway, and a new facade around the concession stand.
Cost of the project is estimated at $150,000. None of the money will be provided by the school district.
On Monday, the Board of Education accepted a $13,000 donation from the foundation to hire an architect.
The first of four construction phases is scheduled to begin in June. Project completion is scheduled for mid-August, prior to the beginning of the school year and the first football game, said Leonard DeChant, director of business affairs for Cuyahoga Falls schools.
Engraved bricks and granite squares that would line the pillars and walkway along the gated stadium entrance can be purchased at www.tigerlegacy.org. Prices range from $100 to $2,500.
The sale of the bricks and granite is expected to pay for the cost of construction, with an estimated $140,000 left over for scholarships and grants, and to otherwise support the school district.
The foundation also is helping school organizations earn money. The Alumni Band, Athletic Boosters, Choral Music Association, Gridiron Club, Instrumental Music Patrons or Parent Teacher Association will keep 10 percent of the sales they sponsor.
Online buyers can support their favorite organization by clicking on that group under “referral” on the payment portion of the order.
“This project will improve the look of the school and develop a sense of community ownership, pride and support for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools,” foundation trustee Susan Durr said.
Gina Mace can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beacon Journal staff reporter Doug Livingston contributed to this report.