BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – In May, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission told Brookfield that its football stadium needed an upgrade. The stadium was not meeting the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Brookfield needed its football stadium to comply with the ADA, or the district could lose federal funding. But they said they didn’t have the $275,000 needed to pay for fixes like new bathrooms and wheelchair ramps. Brookfield is still in fiscal emergency.
But the community pitched in. The Cafaro Foundation donated $50,000. Companies like Kirila Contractors and Chambers Steel gave materials. And Saturday, more than 40 volunteers and football players worked through a hot summer day.
“Without the volunteer and the generosity, many businesses people, it wouldn’t have been able to get done,” said George Economides, board member.
The big steps Saturday were installing steel plates to fill in gaps in the bleachers. Head Coach Randy Clark said they’ve been able to do a lot in just three weeks of work.
“All we have to do are the handicapped platforms in front of both sided, the home and visiting sides, along with the ADA compliant ramps to both sides, finish the concrete, finish what we are doing and we are good to go,” Clark said.
With all the donations and volunteers, this phase of the project cost less than $60,000 dollars. That’s more than 75 percent off the original price.
Clark said the stadium will be ready for the first home game August 28.