While sports may be on a pause around southeast Iowa, the Washington athletic department and school district have been hard at work since last year on improvements at Case Field. A new, two story structure is located at the northwest corner of the complex. This building replaces the smaller ticket booth that was located in that area previously and also occupies what was previously empty space. The edifice, aligned with the track finish line, complete with a gorgeous view of the field surface and complex will be the new home for the ticket booth, football and track storage, check-in for track athletes, announcer, press area, water system for football field maintenance and is connected to the public address system and scoreboard. The facility has been ready to go since early March. Demon boys head track coach Steve Roth shares some of the finishing touches for the building, describes the community support and his thoughts. “It amazes me all the time how gracious people are. We’ve had donations from people. Businesses that have donated time and resources. Greiner Buildings donated time and building equipment, so did Johnny Redlinger from the lumber yard and Joe Marie. The Booster Club donated money, the Matbackers, Vogel Construction and Marshall Furniture are both doing things for us. We have new concrete poured everywhere it was donated by Coleman Construction. I know I am forgetting some, but we’ll have them all on the board outside. I have to thank the administration, they gave us the opportunity to do this. That’s the biggest thanks from me to them is the ability to make things better. It’s a great place! Like I said, I could throw a bed in here. I would like to get up every morning and look out the window and see the track every day. That would be awesome!”
The outside of the building will be adorned with Demon logos and recognition for the businesses, community groups and individuals who partnered with Washington Schools to accomplish the project. A dedication for the facility is set for April 9th. For more pictures of the inside and outside of the building visit this story at KCIIRadio.com and the KCII Facebook Page.