Condemned. While it may not have been entirely unexpected, it’s not what Metro Moore County Schools officials wanted to hear when dealing with one the major facilities on the high school campus.
Nonetheless, that’s the news that they received late Thursday evening concerning the school’s four-decade-old football stadium.
After an independent inspector carried out routine inspections Thursday, the support structure under the home side of the Raiders football stadium, which was built in the early ‘70s, has been deemed unsafe, thus the home side of the stadium has been “decommissioned.”
According to a report filed by Certified Bleacher Inspector Katy Fisher from Bleachers and Seats.com, who performed the inspection on Thursday, the visitors’ side bleachers are in violation of International Code Council (ICC) code and are unsafe as well. Fisher emailed her report to Director of Schools Chad Moorehead.
Fisher’s recommendation for the visitors’ side is “to decommission and demolish this bleacher.”
“I have talked to Mayor (Sloan) Stewart to let him know what we have learned,” said Moorehead on Friday afternoon. “The stadium basically is condemned until we figure out how to pay for replacing it or fixing it.”
Fisher provided photos to supplement the report. Moorehead said he made school board members aware of the situation on Friday. The next MCBoE meeting is tentatively set for Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the middle school.
Read this complete story and more on Fisher’s report in the Nov. 27 print edition of The Moore County News.
—Robert Holman, Editor & Publisher