Community Day at Serpentini Stadium - August 27th

Community Invited to Take A First Look at

New Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium on August 27

  The North Royalton City Schools and the North Royalton Stadium Foundation invite the community to an Open House of the new Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium at Gibson Field on Saturday, August 27 from 10am-1pm. 

Residents will be able to see the stadium’s new synthetic turf, eight-lane competitive track, stadium seating, press box, ADA compliant restrooms, concession stands, walkways, fencing, wheelchair accessible ramping, and beautiful landscaping.  

Thevisitor side stands have been expanded from 800 seats to 2,000 seats. The east side home stands now have 3000 seats.  The project has taken only took seven months to complete and began with the demolition of stands this past January.  The project was completed without a tax increase and no use of operational funds.  Private contributions and pledges now total almost $1.2 million dollars.

 This community stadium is quite a jewel for the North Royalton school community.  We now have a stadium that can host more than 200 school and community events rather than a handful of dates. However, I am most proud of HOW it happened.  This endeavor was truly indicative of North Royalton community pride, effort, dedication and commitment. This is great to see a dream become a reality.

 The public will be able to purchase preferred seating for the upcoming football season at the new stadium.  Benefits include molded seat with back and arm rests, same seat for every game, seating between the 40-yard lines, and admission to all home games.  Price is $100 per seat per football season or three years for $250.

 Exciting plans are in place for the September 2 inaugural game.  The dedication, ribbon cutting, and thank you to all donors will occur before the game.  The dedication ribbon will be cut by Chuck Gibson and Bob Serpentini and the coin toss will be done by North Royalton Stadium Foundation Chairman Larry Vasil and Fundraising Chairman Jim Smith.  There will be a ceremonial ball for the kickoff, a special halftime band performance, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game.

 Special edition Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium t-shirts are now available for $12 in the athletic office to commemorate the inaugural game.

 Edward Vittardi  - NRSD Superintendent


Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium is less than three weeks away

First official action at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium is less than three weeks away for North Royalton


The Panigutti Pressbox was installed in Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium. The first sporting event on the new turf is Aug. 23.


Thanks to more than $1 million in private donations, the “Turf the Field” stadium project is close to complete. This week, construction crews began installing the synthetic turf and eight-lane track, said Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot.
The North Royalton Stadium Foundation announced in May 2010 its aggressive campaign to raise the funds necessary to completely renovate the school stadium site. Since then, business leaders and community members have come together to make that plan a reality.
“It feels great,” Presot said of the project nearing completion. “It’s nice to see things happening and moving forward.”
High school football players took to the practice fields starting Monday, but it’s the boys and girls soccer teams who will play the first match on the new field Aug. 23. The first home football game is Sept. 2.
When completed, Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium will house a synthetic turf field, an all-weather, eight-lane track and a host of revitalized amenities including concession stands, restroom facilities, bleachers, energy efficient lighting and paved sidewalks.
A two-tier press box, commemorating the Panigutti Family, was installed July 29. The 33,000-pound box features an upper deck portion for photography and video footage. Bleacher sections will be complete by Aug. 11.
On Aug. 25, the North Royalton Stadium Foundation will host an invitation-only donor appreciation night. Guests will be able to tour the stadium site and see the recognition area commemorating those who made “Turf the Field” possible.
The Stadium Foundation is also working on several celebratory events prior to and during the Sept. 2 home football game. 




Construction crews have an Aug. 23 deadline in finishing Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium in North Royalton.


Stadium press box, concession stand and bathrooms near completion

  • Photo by LESLIE A. PANFIL The new stadium’s synthetic turf is being unloaded and installed.


The new stadium’s synthetic turf is being unloaded and installed.


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The high school athletic stadium is abuzz with activity and despite heavy rains and blistering heat, construction is scheduled for completion by the school district's first athletic contest.

"I am very excited to see the progress on this project that is representative of an entire community effort. This truly is a community stadium due to the financial efforts of so many. The excitement builds for so many as every day we get closer to the reality. It's great to see so many folks, young and old, visit the site," said Superintendent Edward Vittardi.

The field turf arrived July 29 and the arduous job of installation is under way. Completion is expected to take about two to three weeks. The press box arrived July 26 and was installed on the morning of July 29.

"The home bleachers are well under way. They are installing the seating board and rail work. The center seats arrived on Thursday and are beginning to be installed. The construction crew is confident that they should be done by Aug. 11," said Vittardi.

While initially delayed due to several recent rainstorms, the asphalt paving was scheduled to begin Aug. 2. Other construction projects under way include: the shingling of the home and visitor concession stands, stucco work on the towers and cement work.


NRSF presents a million dollar check to School Board


Photo by LESLIE PANFIL The North Royalton Stadium Foundation presented a check for $1 million at the North Royalton school board meeting.


The North Royalton Stadium Foundation presented a check for $1 million at the North Royalton school board meeting.


"While there is much more fundraising to be done, we have reached a milestone," said North Royalton Stadium Foundation Treasurer Barry Ezell. "We present this check to you in the amount of $1 million."

"We are very grateful to the North Royalton Stadium Foundation trustees," said Superintendent Edward Vittardi. "This group of remarkable individuals has spent the last year bringing together parents, community members, businesses and support groups to make a community stadium a reality."


Track teams uprooted by construction

High school, middle school teams find alternative practice sites to finish this season

Photo by GRACE DELEHANTY North Royalton pole vaulter Corey Nehoda competes during one of the final track meets held at the stadium. In the background is construction equipment being used during the renovation project.

North Royalton pole vaulter Corey Nehoda competes during one of the final track meets held at the stadium. In the background is construction equipment being used during the renovation project.


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The next phase of Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium project will begin Monday. The track around the football field officially was closed Friday. Demolition of the old surface and grass field is set to begin Monday.

In the meantime, the Bears track athletes have been sent packing. North Royalton's boys and girls teams - at the high school and middle school level - have had to find practice alternatives.

The varsity athletes will be bused to Strongsville to use its stadium the next five weeks. The middle school teams will stay on the grounds in and around the school.

"Strongsville has been nice enough to offer us the track at the stadium during May and June when needed," North Royalton Athletic Director Bo Kuntz said. "Times will change as we move later in the spring."

Even though more than 150 athletes are listed on the varsity rosters, not all will need to take the bus. Select individuals training in specialty events, such as the pole vault, practicing relay exchanges and the long jump will be shipped to and from the neighboring district's track. Start times for practices may be pushed back to 4 p.m. departure times.

"We have to improvise the next few weeks," head boys and girls track coach Don Bazzo said. "There are very few options. This is an unusual year. This is the first time in school history they're bulldozing the track and starting over."

North Royalton's middle school teams - which have approximately 240 members between the boys and girls seventh- and eighth-grade teams - will be using the parking lots around the middle and high schools, as well as the middle school gymnasium to conduct their practices that go until the middle of May.

All meets the remainder of the season will be contested at Northeast Ohio Conference schools.

"I think (our size) is part of the problem," North Royalton middle school track coach Chuck Tesar said. "When we travel with the girls, we take three buses. When we travel with the boys, we take two."

The removal of the 1,900-seat home grandstand, press box, bathroom facilities, cell tower and other standing structures on the west side of the stadium have happened already. Through the first month and a half this season, the track teams have conducted workouts alongside backhoes and other construction vehicles, so the news of getting relocated has not come as much of a surprise. The biggest question was when and where they would be sent.

The track athletes received confirmation April 19 during a team meeting.

The renovated stadium is expected to feature a 3,000-seat grandstand, new press box and a turf football field. It is expected to be completed in time for the fall sports season.

"In the long run, it'll be great," Bazzo said.