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Thunder Stadium Project Progressing Quickly

By Barbara Crimond, reprinted from The Prowers Journal

July 10, 2024

June 10, 2024

Andy Fahrmeier with Hutton Construction was on hand Monday, June 10, to show RE-2 School Board members and Lamar residents the progress they have made on construction of the new Lamar Thunder Stadium. Located behind Lamar High School off 14th St, the area has undergone major changes since the March 18th, 2024 groundbreaking.

What was formerly a large expanse of uneven dirt now showcasing a football field that is nearly ready to have turf laid, a track that has been graded and edged with concrete curbing, a grandstand that has most of the framework finished and a main building taking shape. The main building on the south end of the complex has the walls in place and a lot of interior work has already been done. The west end of this building will house the ticket office and concession stand as well as public restrooms. The rest of this building will be comprised of the home locker room, weight room and coach’s office, with the visiting team’s locker room located on the east end.

As things stand now, the goal of hosting Lamar’s first football game of the season in mid-September looks like it is achievable. I was told that if the ticket office, concession stand and public restrooms are completely finished by that date as well as the field and grandstands, that the game should be played there. The locker rooms and other amenities do not have to be 100% finished for the game to be held, as the teams can use the existing locker rooms in the high school if needed.

July 1, 2024

I drove by the new Thunder Stadium project on Sunday evening, June 30, and was pleasantly surprised by the progress since I’d last seen it at the public tour on June 10. A representative from Hutton Construction was on-site, despite the day and time. He gave me an update as to how things are progressing.

The grandstand has seating installed as well as decking, steps and handicap ramp, which are all nearly complete. The center section of the grandstand has orange seat backs. Still to be built is the press box.

The building that houses the ticket office, concession stands, locker rooms and coaches’ offices has had a lot of work done to it as well since that date. I asked about the public restrooms, since the proviso is that the project needs to have these completed if the first game of the season is to be played there. I was told that the walls are nearly ready for tile work and the plumbing rough-in should be completed next week.

The turf installation has begun and is nearing completion. Fencing will be going up very soon, as the posts are all in place and fencing material is on-site. The bright green turf with its vibrant orange and black accents is visually stunning. We talked about drainage from the artificial turf, and I was told that after a recent extremely heavy rainfall, the drainage system worked “perfectly”, draining into a retention pond on the north end of the project.

Based on the progress I’ve seen in the past 3 weeks, I’d be willing to bet the project will be completed in time for that first football game.

Lamar should be very proud of this new facility. It promises to be state-of-the-art and a huge improvement over the old stadium, beloved as that stadium still is. The Lamar RE-2 website is kept current as to progress made on the stadium for interested persons. From the main website (www.lamarschools.org) under the menu at the top right of the page, scroll down to “stadium project” for recent updates and photos.

This article was reprinted from The Prowers Journal.

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