DeKalb County High School could double its home side capacity with the plans for stadium upgrades.
The school board recently approved to bid out for new bleachers, lights, and concrete work. Principal and Athletic Director Bruce Curtis said the project could cost anywhere between $800,000 to $1 million.
“It’s time and we also want to make our games a better atmosphere so more people will want to come to the games,” Curtis said. “You know we put out a good product at DeKalb County in football, and we want people to be able to come out and enjoy it.”
Curtis said they plan are looking to seat around 1,300 patrons on the home side alone. He said they are looking to move the lighting behind the stands and use LED lighting, as the field sometimes has dark spots during playtime.
Curtis said an additional bonus with the upgrades brings making the stadium more ADA compliant.
“Students or adults who are handicapped, it will give them access to the bleacher area in the front that way they can feel a part of the game,” Curtis said. “For years we had to do that off to the side. Sure, they get to the game but they don’t really get to be part of the crowd. So we wanted to make sure we incorporating them into our field, and in with the fans.”
Curtis said they are hopeful to get those bids and get the work done by next season.