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Patterson Field boasts new locker rooms, restrooms

Updated: Tuesday, September 3 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

By Jon Rudder

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Built in the 1930s, East Liverpool's Patterson Field received a face lift over the past year, and both the fans and the players will notice the changes.

When fans walk through the gates on Friday as East Liverpool hosts Indian Creek, they'll notice more than just a bold, new paint job. After years of hoping for a new place for players to dress and improved restroom facilities for fans, the wait is over and the final product is ready to be unveiled.

If you're an athlete, preparations for game day start in the new locker rooms. For a fan, brand new and more spacious restrooms greet them.

"The locker rooms are beautiful, I mean they're clean," East Liverpool Superintendent Jim Herring said. "Those community members know that when we had the locker rooms underneath and the restrooms underneath, they know what they had down there and when they see this up here they are just going to be so appreciative."

The restrooms and locker rooms were built on the hillside overlooking the field to avoid complications with flooding. The project was anticipated to be completed by August 2012, but setbacks forced the plans to be restructured. One year later, the locker rooms and restrooms are ready for their debut.

"Whenever there's a project undertaken, you have to remind yourself that there will be people who say, 'well, why didn't you?'" East Liverpool Board of Education member Richard Wolf said. "We've answered that, there is no 'why didn't you?' We did it, this is first-class."

Before the new facilities were built, Potter football players dressed underneath the home bleachers and the visitors in West Gate Middle School.

"The issue became on a muddy night, when they'd track all the mud through the building, then it took extra hours to try and clean that up," Herring said. "Now the visitors will have a nicer facility because the building and the place they were changing in was built in the 50s."

The total cost of the project stands between $1.2 million and $1.3 million. Herring also says that the home and visitors locker room can be used for junior high wrestling practice as a way to maximize the facility's use during the winter.

Patterson Field boasts new locker rooms, restrooms

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Coach's Corner

Head Coach: Rick Prescott
College Attended: Mount Union
Coaching History: Assistant at Beaver Local and East Liverpool
Family Information: Wife-Leah, Son-Isaac

Stadium Information
Stadium Name: Patterson Field
Address: 810 W8th Street East Liverpool, OH 43920
Field Name: Patterson Field
Stadium Seating Capacity: 10,000
Type of Turf: Grass
School/Team Information
High School: East Liverpool High School
School Address: 100 Maine Boulevard  East Liverpool, OH 43920
School Phone: 330-386-8750 
Contact for Boosters: Brian Morris 234-736-6513
Contact For Tickets: Greg Adkius
Athletic Director: Bob Shansky
State Division or Class: Division IV

Mascot: Potters
School Colors: Blue & White
Last Year Team In Playoffs: 2011
Last Year's Football Record: 4-6
Type of Offense: Multiple I
Type of Defense: 4-4
Conference: OVAC

Best Known Alumni:
Lou Holtz
Player Information
How Many Returning Offensive Players: 9
Key Returning Players: Zach English, John Misuck, John Rickerd
How Many Returning Defensive Players: 9
How Many Returning Lettermen: 29

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