State College

Memorial Field expected to host State High home opener, but construction likely won’t be done

Memorial Field is expected be ready to host the first State High home football game on Sept. 6, but Physical Plant Director Ed Poprik said the construction project almost certainly won’t be complete.

Poprik said the construction team has run into unforeseen problems with the existing infrastructure that will negatively affect cost and timeline.

But he said they still expect everything to get close enough to completed to pack the stadium for the first game.

“It won’t be ideal, but I think we will be able to have full capacity for that Sept. 6 game,” he said.

A main portion of the project that won’t be completed is the brick walkway on Fraser Street, which could impact entrance into the field on game day.

There has been no formal request from the construction company to extend the deadline so Poprik could not say how much longer it might take. He added there will be some substantial change orders to raise the cost of the project, but he expects it to be within the 5 percent buffer and not have a large effect on the overall cost.

The entire project, including a water drainage system to the sinkhole, the bleachers, the sidewalk and a turf replacement, cost more than $3 million.

Poprik said the turf replacement is complete and the field was able to hold two practices Monday.

Board member Dorothea Stahl said despite the delays, the turf and bleacher project look good, specifically praising the stone wall in front of the west bleacher area.

“It looks beautiful and the stone work is stunning,” she said.