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New Smyrna football stadium bleachers in need of more repairs

Posted June 16, 2014

Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.

 City leaders had little choice last year but to replace some bleachers at the football stadium that were severely rusted by years of exposure to salty air from nearby Ponce de Leon Inlet.

While the conditions in the much larger home grandstands are not as bad as those found on the visitors’ side, the home section will eventually need to be either repaired or replaced, officials believe.

“We probably will ride it out for this season, and whatever we need to do, it will be for the (2015) season,” Assistant City Manager Khalid Resheidat said.

The football stadium is home to New Smyrna Beach, Atlantic and Spruce Creek high schools.

City commissioners decided last week to hire consultants with the firm of Parker Mynchenberg and Associates to evaluate the home section. If the home grandstands need to be replaced, it would likely cost more than the almost $380,000 or so that it took to restore the visitor’s section.

“Since it’s not as bad as the visitors’ side we want the consultant to do a full analysis on the structure and the substructure and to see if there is a way we can possibly, maybe, do the repair rather than do the total replacement,” Resheidat said.

The city currently has $375,000 budgeted for the home grandstand repairs as part of a $7.8 million loan from SunTrust Bank that is expected to pay for several other capital projects, including a potential $5 million replacement of the Brannon Center on Riverside Drive and a planned expansion of City Hall.

The replacement of the visitors section was completed in November, with temporary bleachers set up for the first couple of months of the football season.