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Munson Stadium Upgrade Design to be Presented

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DENISON, TX---- For more than 70 years, Munson Stadium has been the home to the Denison Yellow Jackets and structurally, not much has changed since it first opened.

"The only thing that's new is the east stands which were redone in 1985," Denison ISD Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott said. "It's old."

City officials said it's about time the stadium receives a facelift. 

"We need to do the right thing for Denison, Texas and that is to have a first class stadium that this community can be proud of," Denison Mayor Jared Johnson said.

"The stadium has a lot of problems," Dr.Scott said. "It has structural problems in addition to ADA problems."

Some of the problems are bleachers that are falling apart, restrooms and concession stands that are outdated and in constant need of repair, an under-sized press box that's not ADA compliant and poor lighting and sound systems.  All of these problems will be fixed.

"We're going to spend hopefully about $5.5 million dollars to totally redo the 1938 part of the stadium," Dr.Scott said. "The west stands, the press box and both of the field houses will be redone."

Another new upgrade will be replacing what school officials said is the outdated stadium entryway. The school district plans to construct a new entry plaza which will have a new ticket booth and be ADA compliant.

Tomorrow, the final design for these upgrades will be presented to the district's board of trustees. After that, the project will be put up for bid. Dr.Scott said demolition should start by this November and in total, construction will take about none months. He said the stadium should be completely renovated by August 2014.

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