By Nancy Molnar
Special to the Beacon Journal
CANTON: The city school district plans to rebuild the football stadium seen nationwide in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game broadcast.
Continuing repairs to the Depression-era Fawcett Stadium are projected to cost $28 million over 20 years, Superintendent Adrian Allison told the school board on Monday.
“It’s cheaper to build a new stadium,” he said.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are supporting the effort. They are seeking $10 million from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission.
Other possible funding sources include other governmental entities, foundations and NFL owners, Allison said.
The school district is not expected to contribute new funds to rebuild the stadium where its two high school teams compete, Allison said. He said future maintenance costs are expected to be lower.
The renovation work would be done in two phases over two years, with the stands on one side replaced each year. Allison said the 22,000-seat stadium will have the same capacity when rebuilt, along with new concession areas, updated locker rooms and a concourse connecting it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum.
School board Vice President Ryan Brahler said Fawcett was named the best high school football stadium in the country a decade ago, but that many other communities since then have upgraded their facilities.