Dayton schools share more details on Welcome Stadium renovation

Aerial view of Dayton Public Schools' Welcome Stadium looking west.   DDN FILE PHOTO

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Aerial view of Dayton Public Schools' Welcome Stadium looking west. DDN FILE PHOTO

Superintendent says project will turn facility into “state-of-the-art complex”

Dayton Public Schools announced details Thursday of upcoming major renovations to Welcome Stadium, including restroom and locker room upgrades, plus plumbing, mechanical and accessibility improvements, in addition to the turf field and running track project that had already been approved.

DPS said the improvements are the first major renovations in 73 years, and will bring Welcome Stadium “to the standards of a Division I high school stadium and a Division III college stadium” with modernized technology and improved ADA accessibility.

DPS said it will work to preserve the historic character of the stadium, originally built in 1949 with funds raised by the community, while also upgrading the stadium into the 21st century.

Welcome Stadium is the Dayton school district’s football and track stadium on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, also used by the University of Dayton’s football team.

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Welcome Stadium hosted OHSAA regional track meets for many years. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

Welcome Stadium hosted OHSAA regional track meets for many years. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

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Welcome Stadium hosted OHSAA regional track meets for many years. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

“These renovations are much-needed and long overdue,” said Elizabeth Lolli, superintendent of the Dayton Public Schools. “When renovations are completed, Dayton Public Schools students and the Dayton community will have a state-of-the-art complex to use and enjoy.”

DPS said a team of district officials, school board members, staff and members of the community are providing input on the renovations.

Last August, Dayton schools announced plans to renovate Welcome Stadium and authorized Lolli to begin hiring consultants and contractors to shape and execute the project. School documents at the time used the terms “renovation/new build.”

DPS named Skanska USA as the manager of the project and awarded an initial contract of $46,000 in November for, “due diligence, assistance with development of the design-build procurement documentation, evaluation of design-build proposals, contract negotiations, assistance with development of separate bid packages if necessary, and development of detailed budget and a milestone schedule.”

A 2019 preliminary estimate from the school district suggested budgeting $10 million for stadium repairs.

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The $1.19 million contract approved by the school board Jan. 18 is with Motz Group, Inc., a turf supplier near Cincinnati that has installed turf fields for the Cincinnati Bengals and several local high schools.

Skanska senior vice president and regional executive Curtis Elswick said he anticipates the artificial turf field and track would be replaced by the end of the summer, with design work on other improvements anticipated to begin in April.

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The University of Dayton's Sam Bubonics makes a catch against Presbyterian College on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Welcome Stadium. David Jablonski/Staff

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The University of Dayton's Sam Bubonics makes a catch against Presbyterian College on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Welcome Stadium. David Jablonski/Staff

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The University of Dayton's Sam Bubonics makes a catch against Presbyterian College on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at Welcome Stadium. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

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