GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Wednesday evening marked the second public hearing regarding the refinance for renovations on Suplizio Field and Stocker Stadium. Ken Sherbenou, Director of Grand Junction Parks and Rec, says, “that action that they took basically enabled renovation of the stadium facility.”
From a distance our local sports complex looks acceptable, but Sherbenou says, “the analysis from our structural engineers decided there is a great need of improvement.” The final design should be completed early into next year with construction kicking off in the Fall of 2021. So far, renovations include upgrading the west side bleachers in Stocker Stadium, as well as replacing all the bleachers on the third base line and the bleachers behind home plate in Suplizio Field. In addition, it is hard to predict how the pandemic will look in a year, but immediate renovations also include an additional entry and upgrades to the front entrance. Therefore, this reconstruction will help by eliminating the crowds that build up by the ticket booth and increase social distancing. Other improvements include, but are not limited to, the parking lot, as well as electrical work and audio-visual upgrades throughout the facilities.
Grand Junction Parks and Rec has a several million dollar budget for these improvements. The money comes from savings on interest with refinancing that led to generating more funds, and the city will also pursue a number of grants.
Lastly, Sherbenou adds, “there is tremendous amount of utilization of this facility by many different user groups. It really is a gem in our community, and we are going to do our best to make it as improved as possible.”