Bleacher repair affects prep football games

By Cliff Mehrtens

Bleacher repairs at three Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools will have a ripple affect on lake-area football.

West Mecklenburg, West Charlotte and Myers Park high schools are repairing aged, wooden bleachers at their stadiums, forcing CMS officials to move nine games. Changes involving lake-area teams are:

• West Mecklenburg switched home games to Waddell High on Sept. 14 (against Harding) and Oct. 5 (against Olympic). West Charlotte’s home game against West Mecklenburg on Aug. 24 also was switched to Waddell.

• North Mecklenburg’s scheduled game at Myers Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 was switched to Memorial Stadium in uptown Charlotte. Kickoff remains at 7 p.m.

• Mooresville’s scheduled game at West Charlotte on Sept. 28 was switched to Waddell.

“The CMS auxiliary services department performs annual inspections on wooden bleachers at our high school stadiums,” said Tahira Stalberte, CMS director of communications.  “We hired a professional engineer to do a more intensive inspection this year, because most of the wooden bleachers are more than 50 years old.”

Stalberte said the project will cost about $300,000, which includes bleacher removal, purchase and installation of new three-tiered bleachers, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) improvements at Myers Park High.

The changes will only affect varsity football games, Stalberte said. Junior-varsity football and boys soccer matches will be played at the stadiums because they tend to draw smaller crowds than varsity football.

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