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.  

To become a DONOR of the Project, please click here.


Basketball players and Cheerleaders in NR Xmas parade

The NR Stadium Foundation was a presence once again in the North Royalton City Christmas parade this past Sunday!  The entire boys varsity basketball team were there passing out NRSF literature and game schedules.  Also walking and riding with the players were 10 cheerleaders and 2 girls basketball players.  The cheerleaders even chanted all the way down Ridge!

It was wonderful to see all the student athletes getting involved and we value their support! 

Thank them if you get a chance. A special "thank you" to NR Athletic Director Bo Kuntz and Kelly Tarnowski for organizing the kids. 



Serpentini Chevrolet purchases naming rights to North Royalton's stadium for $100,000


Serpentini Chevrolet has purchased the naming rights to North Royalton Schools stadium, which is to be renovated before the 2011 fall sports season.



The North Royalton Stadium Foundation is five months into an aggressive campaign to privately raise $1.4 million before February allowing for the installation of an all-weather, eight-lane track, a synthetic turf field and a host of site renovations.
In a press conference Nov. 19, Superintendent Ed Vittardi shared his enthusiasm for the large donation.


“Now, with Bob Serpentini and Serpentini Chevrolet’s commitment to our stadium project, we are one step closer to being the host to more than 200 events a year,” Vittardi said. “Soccer will again return to the field, along with track meets, band competitions, youth athletics, community events and so much more.”


Serpentini Chevrolet purchased the naming rights for $100,000. The site will remain Gibson

 Field after former Principal Chuck Gibson who began his district career in 1961 as a teacher.

Foundation Chairman Larry Vasil said more than $500,000 has been raised for the “Turf the Field” initiative.

“What a successful five months it has been,” Vasil said. “Our plan is aggressive, but our community is strong and supportive. That is evident with the large amount of donations that we have received.”

Parma Community General Hospital has also signed on as a significant sponsor and project partner, and beginning next school year, the stadium will also be the home field for Holy Name High School.

Vasil acknowledged donors contributing $10,000 or more for the project, including Royalton Music Center, Pinzone Financial Services, Tina Stopar Insurance, Jocko’s Bar and Grill, Pete Ragone Family, Rushmore Construction, Richard Pilat Insurance, Southern Hills Youth Football, North Royalton Athletic Boosters and Soccer Club.

Renovation plans also call for the replacement of the 1,900-seat home grandstand with a 3,000-seat section housing a large press box and possible viewing box. The concession stand restroom facilities are also slated for replacement.