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Kingsport to seek bids for estimated $4 million stadium overhaul

March 24th, 2013 9:52 am by Matthew Lane

Kingsport to seek bids for estimated $4 million stadium overhaul

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools will be accepting bids for the expansion and renovation of J. Fred Johnson Stadium, and if the price tag is within the estimated budget, construction could begin later this spring, officials involved in the project said this week.

The stadium project calls for major improvements to the 1942 grandstand, adding an upper deck with 1,500 new seats, a new press box and new areas for concessions, handicapped accessibility and restrooms along with wider aisles and hand rails and new covered concourses.

The $4.2 million project also includes a 1,200-square-foot dressing room near first base for visiting football and baseball teams, with family bathrooms available for non-athletic events. Funding for the project has been programmed into the city’s five-year capital improvement plan by City Manager John Campbell and will likely be included in a $13.7 million bond issuance sold next fiscal year to cover a variety of capital projects within the city.

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