Why destroy the stadium walls @ NKCHS?

Why destroy the stadium walls @ NKCHS?

Created by Porter Price on Mar 6, 2008

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Because they can.

Lots of tax dollars available.

Show how silly they can be.

Not proud of traditional look.

To employ more illegals.

Even things up for "drive-bys"

To offend alumni.

Lower property values.

What walls????

Why not???

Porter Price

Kansas City, MO

#1 Mar 6, 2008
It makes me sick to see the north and west walls destroyed, what will they replace them with? Chain link fence, tacky metal signs?
Whose boneheaded idea was this anyway?
RB Doolin

Thiensville, WI

#2 Mar 7, 2008
The football field at North Kansas City High School will have a new 7,800-square-foot locker room facility that should be open in time for the 2008 football season. The wall that was torn down last week will be rebuilt into the facility. Some might have been shocked to see part of the historic limestone wall around North Kansas City High School’s football stadium lying in rubble this week.
Crews razed the wall on the north end of the stadium on Feb. 15 to make way for a new 7,800-square-foot locker room facility that should be open in time for the 2008 football season.
But North Kansas City and North Kansas City School District officials said the wall will be rebuilt, partly with salvageable stones from the razed wall.
It will be incorporated into the locker room facility on the football field side and built out a few feet from the other sides with several openings where people can enter the stadium.
“A few years ago, a local newspaper voted this the best high school stadium in the metropolitan area,” said Mayor Gene Bruns.“I think the wall played a big part in that vote, so we want to keep it in place.”
The facility will include locker rooms for the home and visiting teams, a ticket booth, restrooms, a training room and office space for the coaches.
Jeff Vandel, the school district’s assistant director of operations and maintenance, said the wall had to be removed so that crews could lay a concrete slab for the locker room facility and stabilize the soil. Further soil compaction, Vandel said, is needed to support the structure.
But preserving the wall, he said, is a high priority.
“That wall is an important piece of history for the city and school district,” Vandel said.“Virtually everyone who has gone through this school district has played football, played in a marching band or watched a game there. So they own a piece of that wall.”
The wall, which also flanks the west and east sides of the stadium, was built in 1939 as one of many Works Progress Administration projects that the federal government implemented to help revive the economy during the Great Depression.
Bob Hiatt, a former assistant principal at the high school and currently a building and planning facilitator with the district, said the wall was one of the last WPA projects in Missouri. It was completed in time for the 1941 football season, he said.

“I would like to see the wall built the way people have always seen it,” said Councilwoman Bettie Miller.
The north end of the new wall will have three openings with stairs where players will be able to access the locker rooms. The new wall also will have openings on the east and west sides, which will provide access into the stadium.
And by incorporating the wall into the football field side of the locker room facility, spectators inside the stadium will be able to experience its charm, said Greg Porter, architect for Williams, Spurgeon, Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, a North Kansas City firm that is designing the new facility.
Other improvements to the stadium include replacing the press box, new sound and lighting systems and two new entry plazas at the northwest and southeast corners of the complex where the ticket booths are located. That will allow visitors to walk around and visit prior to game time, officials said.
And the area under the west-side bleachers, where the locker rooms have been for decades, will be converted into storage space.
School district officials have identified the replacement of those locker facilities as a top priority. They have no air conditioning and the equipment is outdated.
The improvements will put the North Kansas City High School stadium on par with the new football field that is being built near the new Staley High School, said school district spokeswoman Mary Jo Burton.
“We want equity for both our stadiums,” she said.

“More cheese Larry! NKCHS '69”

Since: Sep 07

Claycomo,MO

#3 Mar 13, 2008
I imagine the folks on 26th Ave. are upset about this debacle.
I too am saddened to see these classic walls sacriliged in order to lower our standards to compete with Staley HS facility?
Your/my property tax dollars at work.

Since: Feb 07

Village of Claycomo, MO

#4 Mar 17, 2008
This is very disturbing, they just could not let a classic remain.
BobbyG

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#5 Mar 17, 2008
Ditto Archivist and Village Idiot. My brothers and I graduated there in "1967, 1969 and 1971". Baccalaureate and Commencement services where held on the football field inside the Stone Walls. But, sad to say, I guess the walls are outdated just like the education we recieved. You know, home economics, shop class, family life, reading, writing and arithmatic. Things that taught us how to deal with REAL LIFE.
"GO HORNETS"!

“Yep, that's me!”

Since: Dec 07

Kansas City

#6 May 23, 2008
Replacing those wonderful walls with cinder block construction. Now that is what I call smart!

“Yep, that's me!”

Since: Dec 07

Kansas City

#7 Sep 2, 2008
I must say it looks better than I imagined it would , but still, why fix it if it's not broken?

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