New RHS construction project aims to improve stadium's track, soccer fieldSubmitted: 04/30/2015
Story By Karolina Buczek

New RHS construction project aims to improve stadium's track, soccer field
RHINELANDER - The track in Mike Webster Stadium at Rhinelander High School will be replaced this summer.

The current track is in bad shape. The pavement on the track is peeled and cracked.

The School District of Rhinelander wants to fix the problems before someone gets hurt.

"The track really isn't safe now. It's in very poor condition," says District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi. "We don't host invites anymore because teams don't want to come and use our track because of safety concerns."

The school plans to make the new track wider than the current one so that it conforms to current state athletic standards.

"It's going to meet current standards for tracks, which ours currently doesn't," says Jacobi. "We're looking to the WIAA for the standards and trying to make sure ours is as current and up-to-date as we can make it."

The new track will allow the district to host conference meets. Regional competitions can bring money into the community.

"Big competitions are multi-day events, many of them are," says Jacobi. "[The new track] provides a location that will be beautiful and it brings people into our community, which is a benefit for everyone, all the businesses in the community."

The new wider track will also serve to enlarge the field at the center of the stadium, giving the district space to play soccer games there.

Construction of the new track should be finished just in time for the start of football season.

"We know that the football players will want to be on it right away," says Jacobi. "They'll begin practice and strength training and other things before, but we should have the field ready even before school starts."

The school board says the project won't cost more than $426,350.

Workers plan to start the project on May 11 and finish by early August.

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