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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.