GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
Big changes are coming soon to the Lincoln Park Stadium and it takes big bucks to get it done. “CMU’s already offered $2.5 million towards this project over 25 years, and we’re just asking for that now, and to be repaid in 13 years,” said Darren Coltrinari the director of operations for JUCO.
What started as an $8 million plan in 2019 has turned into a $10.5 million plan to be completed in 2022. Coltrinari says, “2020 happened. It is what it is. It’s increased the material cost, it’s driven the budget up.”
JUCO, School District 51, CMU, and the city are all pitching in to pay for the base project plan including demolition, foundations, and new grandstands at Suplizio and Stocker, and that’s not even the best part. “In 2022, we’re going to have new bleachers,” said Coltrinari.
Part of the renovation plan includes replacing the 3,000 bleachers on the third baseline side at Suplizio including 1,000 new chair back seats behind home plate, and $800,000 to replace the outfield. Coltrinari says, “We’re going to have new entry plazas, we’re going to have audio/visual, we need some it upgrades, and it’s a front.” Plus, all electrical, and asphalt replacement, new concessions, and new restrooms. Construction is set to break ground on September 20th and set to be completed in May of 2022. “You walk in to a fall football game, Friday night lights in 2022, it’s going to be a whole new experience. Same thing for baseball, it’s going to be a whole new experience,” said Coltrinari.
City Council has set another meeting to discuss replacing the outfield, the LED stadium lights for both fields, a new football building, and possibly a new practice field. Former CMU President Tim Foster said in the city council meeting that CMU will pay from $2.5 to $2.8 million for the football building and the city will pay $500,000 to keep it.