When the football season begins this fall, the Mogadore Wildcats will have a much-improved home at Mogadore Memorial Stadium.

The Wildcats football and wrestling teams have had to improvise practice locations and locker rooms since May, when a fire destroyed the field house that those teams had used since about 1972.

FMD Architects has designed a new entry, concessions and field house complex for the stadium, which will cost an estimated $2.43 million. The remains of the old field house were demolished last month, making way for Engelke Construction Solutions to build the new facility.

Mogadore Local Schools Superintendent John Knapp said the project is scheduled for completion by July 5.

“The biggest thing is, it’s a masonry structure, so it’s not overly complex in their minds,” he said.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Feb. 15.

Knapp said the district also is replacing the track this summer and converting the stadium field to turf. That will be a separate project, which he estimated would cost about $2.5 million.

″[Mogadore High School Principal Russ] Swartz and I were playing around with the number of kids that will benefit from the usage of this,” said head football coach Matt Adorni. “It’s incredible. You’re up around 75 to 80 percent of our student body that will benefit from this.”

The track is starting to deteriorate and the playing field is becoming rutted to the point where it’s a danger to athletes, he added.

Adorni said completing all the work at once makes more sense than spreading it out because site work, electrical and drainage can be done comprehensively.

Within the new field house will be a weight room that’s about 30 percent larger than the one within the high school, which all teams can use. There was no weight room in the former field house.

Knapp said the new field house will be better designed to keep teams separated. In the old facility, he said, the home and visiting football teams were forced to cross paths en route to the locker rooms at halftime, but now the visiting teams will be able to access the facility from the north end while the Wildcats enter from the west.