Opp stadium gets finishing touches

Published 12:03 am Friday, November 12, 2010

Opp’s Channel-Lee Stadium renovation project is within two weeks of final completion, Superintendent Michael Smithart said Thursday.

The stadium project’s anticipated completion date was originally scheduled for mid-football season, but has yet to be completed.

“We had some hopes, but once we got into football season and saw it wasn’t going to be an inconvenience, we haven’t pushed it,” Smithart said. “We just let our contractor (Catrett Construction) go with the flow.”

Still, Smithart said the project is moving along “nicely.”

“We poured the concrete on the plaza area this week and installed sheetrock,” he said.

Smithart said the construction work is complete.

“The main thing right now, is that we decided to do something different with the fencing,” he said. “All we have left is the fence work and the finishing work.”

“ I truly believe this project reflects the standards we share relative to the quality of facilities we will provide for our young people and our community,” Smithart said. “We all want our citizens as well as visitors to our city to know that we are working together to make Opp a better place.”

The city and OCS announced in may that the more than $400K facelift to the stadium was “a go” thanks to $350,000 in Qualified School Construction Bonds and funding from the Opp Booster Club.

The project marks the first time major renovations have been made to the more than 50-year-old stadium.

Channel-Lee Stadium is home to the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo, Little Big Horn Band Competition and other citywide activities throughout the year.