Nine months from now, the Denison Yellow Jackets football team will have a new home. Red brick, bright lights, new turf — the $6 million edifice will be a sight to see. But to make way for the new facility, concrete bleachers that stood witness to hundreds of contests over the last 73 years had to come down.

Nine months from now, the Denison Yellow Jackets football team will have a new home. Red brick, bright lights, new turf — the $6 million edifice will be a sight to see. But to make way for the new facility, concrete bleachers that stood witness to hundreds of contests over the last 73 years had to come down.


Demolition crews under the authority of Plyler Construction worked their way through the Munson Stadium home bleachers with haste on Friday, putting the already-crumbling structure quickly out of its misery. District Superintendent Henry Scott, who checked in on the progress at the field Friday afternoon, said even the crews were surprised how easily the bleachers fell.


Bob McMinn, Plyler’s senior project manager for the new stadium, said the demolition is just the beginning.


"Basically, we’re just going to pulverize all of it and take it to the ground — the field house and all that. You’ve got to get it in small enough pieces where you can pick it up with a front-end loader and put it in a dump truck and get it out of there. Then we’ll be bringing dirt in and putting in underground utilities."


McMinn said the next step will be to remove the aluminum bleachers and transport them to the new high school site, where they’ll be used for the track.


"They’ve got to be taken down to a point where we can move them on the highway legally," he said.


The actual field turf, which is currently encircled by a protective fence to prevent damage during construction, won’t be removed until May, according to Plyler. McMinn said laying the new turf will be the final step of the project, hopefully completed during the summer of 2014.


"What we’re doing is we’re demoing everything down, then we’re gonna go back and put the new (foundation) in. We’ll get it all completed then we’ll put the bleachers in, and then we’ll roll up the old turf and do a few revisions and put the new turf out, and that’ll be the last thing we’ll do."


Munson Stadium 2.0 is being funded by a combination of private donations — $100 will buy you a brick with your name on it; a quarter million dollars will get you the "Your Name Here" Pressbox — and district funds. The stadium renovations were necessitated by an engineer’s report that labeled the former venue structurally unsafe. District officials say the new Munson Stadium will be ready for the Jackets’ home opener next August.