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.


Stadium renovation on track for fall sports season

Progress made on restrooms and concession standsPhoto courtesy of NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOLS Progress IS being made on the Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium project.




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 Bolstered by the million dollar donation mark, the North Royalton High School Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium renovation project is making progress.

"The construction of the home and visitor restrooms and concession stands has started," said Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot. "Footers have been dug and poured and cement block is being put down. The cement pads for each of the buildings are hopefully going to be poured later this week. The footers for the home side bleachers are being prepared to be poured. All of the former buildings (restroom, concession stand and ticket booths) have been demolished. The contractor is starting some of the utility work and general site grading."

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August in time for the start of our fall athletic schedule for both football and soccer.

Reserved seats located on the home side of the field are being sold. Anyone interested in purchasing reserved seating may contact the Athletic Department at: 440-582-7822.

"The Sponsor a Yard of Turf Program continues," said Presot. "Each donation places your name, family or business name on our Sponsor the Turf Banner, which will be displayed on the stadium grounds upon completion of the project. Forms are available at the Athletic Department Office."


Athletic and Band boosters to MATCH stadium donations by 50%

The North Royalton Athletic Boosters (NRAB) and North Royalton High School Band Boosters have both launched matching grant programs to benefit the North Royalton Stadium Foundation.

From now until Feb.1, the athletic boosters will match any donation from a current NRAB member, 50 cents on the dollar, up to a total NRAB contribution of $25,000.

"If you are a current member of the athletic boosters, this is a great way to increase your donation to the stadium renovation project. If you are not a current member, please consider joining NRAB to take advantage of this terrific offer," said Brian Lebo, NRAB President. Memberships can be purchased for $25. Additional membership information and forms can be found online at: www.nrab.net.

"The North Royalton High School Band Boosters are offering to match any donation by a North Royalton Band Booster Member at 50 percent, up to a maximum contribution of $25,000. Donations must be made from now and until Feb.1 to be eligible for this 50 percent match. The funds will be remitted to the NR Stadium Foundation in equal payments over the next five fiscal school years, starting with the 2011 - 2012 school year," explained Charlie Weible, booster president. "This is in addition to the $25,000 we have already contributed."

"These matching programs are a great way for your donation to go even further," said district Superintendent Edward Vittardi.




'PEPSI Refresh' Stadium Project Update 

We wish to send out a HUGE 'Thank You' to everyone who voted during
 the month of December trying to help us get the most votes by emailing
 and texting for the Stadium Project.  

Unfortunately, at the end of the month, we did not receive the most votes out of all the other organizations vying for the $250,000 donation.

We appreciate your efforts and hope to get your continued support.  

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