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Spartan Stadium approaches the finish line with May 1 groundbreaking

May 8, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on May 1 to kick off the final leg of the journey for Spartan Stadium. The event centered on the beginning of the final phase to finish off the south end of the grandstand area.

The final phase will include both boys and girls locker rooms with a total of 134 lockers, a formal front complete with donor wall, concessions with eating area, public restrooms, and ticket booths.

"This phase is around $800,000," said Boardman Booster Club President Bruce Flyak. "We still need close to $200,000 to finish."

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On the shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase 3 of the Stadium Project at Boardman High School are general contractor Joe Sylvester, architect Tom Madej, donor Bill Veri, Booster Club President Bruce Flyak, Superintendent Tim Saxton, Athletic Director Denise Gorski, School Board member John Fryda, School Board President Jeff Barone, and Boosters board member Dan Durkin.

He said once that amount is raised, it will bring the total of privately raised funds to nearly $3 million.

"We couldn't have done this without community support, and while it took three phases and several years, a project of this scope is an amazing testament to the determination and generosity of our entire Boardman Community," Flyak said.

The Stadium Project kicked off in 2014 with the addition of turf to the field. That was Phase 1, and the next Phase actually took place in 2015 to 2017 which include stands, a video board, a new track and the band shell.

One of the big donors for the band shell was Bill and Karen Veri.

"Neither of us went to Boardman," Bill said. "We moved here in 2000 and became good friends with [Boardman Band] Director Tom Ruggeri."

The Veris' son Anthony joined the band and when his parents saw there was no band shell, they stepped up to make it happen.

"We supplied the band shell and when we saw Phase 3 needed help, we donated again. We will be happy when it is finished."

Thanks to donors like the Veris, Phase 3 will begin this month. What began as planning more than a decade ago should be complete by the Fall of 2019.

Fundraising is ongoing, and there are still ways people can help get the project to the finish line.

"We want to remind everyone, about our locker campaign, and brick campaign, where you can also leave a legacy when you donate," said Flyak

Go to to find out more about the Stadium Project and how to donate.



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