In partnership with USD 418, McPherson College will soon complete the final phase of id="mce_marker".6 million in stadium improvements.
The cost of upgrading McPherson Stadium, which started about five years ago, is funded by McPherson College and supported by USD 418 as a long-term lease partner.
"It is great to have a partner like USD 418," said Michael Schneider, president of McPherson College. "We are able to share the space and make important improvements that we would not likely be able to do alone."
The project is part of an ongoing agreement between the college and the school district that has allowed both the college — which owns the stadium — and the high school - which leases it — to enjoy improved facilities.
Andrew Ehling, athletic director at McPherson College, said the final phase of improvements will include a new press box, ADA-compliant ramps, new spectator seating, and improvements to sidewalks, fencing, restrooms, and locker rooms. The project also includes replacing the grass at the south end of the stadium with concrete for better runoff and drainage, making the area more usable.
"We are proud to improve McPherson Stadium for our student athletes, the community, and the thousands of guests we host each year," Ehling said.
Previous phases of the project included a new artificial field, new track surface, updated field event facilities, new lights and additional bleachers. In 2013, the college funded new natural-grass practice facilities to enable more flexibility in stadium use.
"The upgrades have been appreciated by our student-athletes," said Mark Crawford, USD 418 superintendent. "I'm excited this partnership will provide an even greater fan experience."
Construction is expected to start April 1 and substantial completion is expected by Aug. 1 to allow usage before the start of the academic year. The stadium will not be available for public use after April 1 until the project is completed.