TIPP CITY — The Tipp Pride Association, the citizen group aiming to raise funds for a new football stadium, unveiled designs for the proposed stadium Tuesday evening.
TPA Vice President Scott George told attendees, which included students, families and local officials, that the group plans to break ground on the stadium after the fall sports season ends.
“This group is committed to breaking ground after this year’s fall sports season,” George said. The timeline for the project, and whether it will be completed in phases, is dependent on fundraising.
George said that the new stadium could be built between the end of this year’s fall sports season and the beginning of the next if TPA can raise the money quickly. He added that the group has received commitments for more than $1 million so far.
TPA plans to raise $5.6 million dollars for the construction of the new stadium. Their fundraising target does depend on the bids received for the project. The group plans to start receiving bids soon, George said.
In addition to donations and fundraising events, the group is offering naming rights to the stadium and press box, a donor wall honoring contributors, and different levels of advertising on the scoreboard. For more information, visit www.tipppride.com.
Tippecanoe High School Athletic Director J.D. Foust described the project as increasing the seating capacity from 1,800 to 3,000, while adding bathrooms, locker rooms and more. The stadium would also have a turf field, a video scoreboard and LED lighting.
The plan features a new main gate and ticket booth at the Parkwood Drive entrance. Behind the home stands would be a spirit wear store, concession stand, restrooms and home locker room. The mention of new restrooms and locker rooms earned a cheer from attendees, mainly student athletes and their families.
The home stands — which would be taller bleachers with a raised, handicap accessible walkway — would provide seating for 2,110, including 200 VIP seats with seatbacks.
“There won’t be a bad seat in the house,” Foust said. He added that the designs were intended to preserve the history and tradition of the City Park stadium. TPA contracted with Alliance Engineering of Troy for the designs.
There would also be a larger press box and a new home locker room with 75 lockers, player restrooms, coach’s office, trainer’s area, and officials locker room.
There will also be a new ticket booth, concession stand, restroom and locker room on the visitor side. The visitor stands would seat 1,000.
Superintendent Gretta Kumpf and school board president Sam Spano agreed that this project is “long overdue.”
“It will be an asset to our school district, our students and our community as a whole,” she said.