Williamstown football game against St. Marys moved to Stadium Field | News, Sports, Jobs
WILLIAMSTOWN – Williamstown High School’s college football game this Friday against St. Marys is moved to Stadium Field in Parkersburg.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and kick-off will be at 7 p.m. Guests are asked to sit in the bleachers on the home side.
The Williamstown High School JV football game is still to be played in Williamstown, with guests to this game being asked to sit on the away side.
According to a statement from Michael Erb, communications coordinator for Wood County Schools, the move is due to a newly discovered manufacturing defect in the newly installed bleachers at WHS. Erb said officials are working to determine the extent of the problem.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be opening the stands until a full assessment has been carried out to determine the extent of the issues,” he added. says Erbe.
“It is important to note that this is caused by a manufacturer defect,” he said. “The crews and people who worked on this project and this facility did their job properly and well. We are working with the manufacturer to determine our next steps to resolve the issue.
The manufacturer is GT Grandstands of Plant City, Florida. According to their website, they have been in business for over 15 years and offer a wide range of products and services, including permanent grandstands, press boxes, retrofits, angle frame bleachers, benches crew. , and aluminum picnic tables.
In the September 2 publication of The Tribune-Democrat, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Joshua Byers reported that hooks under six rows of the newly completed stands at Price Field snapped during the Westmont Hilltop School District’s first night game. August 23. Byers reported no injuries there when the pits buckled, and game workers were immediately notified of the problem and blocked off the area. Byers reported that school administrators contacted Stadium Solutions, which installed the bleachers, and they contacted the manufacturer, GT Grandstands. Byers reported that the response included replacing all support brackets on the home side of the complex.
Byers reported that the stands, an I-beam substructure design, had been inspected before the stadium opened and no problems were found, although it was later discovered that a support had broken after the inauguration ceremony on August 19th.
Erb said at this point he wasn’t sure how long an issue assessment would take.
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