New lights

This 2015 file photo shows recently installed lights during a Senior High-West High soccer match at Daylis Stadium. 

Daylis Stadium and its aging grandstand continue to hold the gaze of School District 2.

Trustees were briefed on a new architectural report about seating at the athletic venue adjacent to Senior High. It’s not the first such report, but it reached a similar conclusion — Daylis’ days are numbered.

“The west side has some real serious issues,” said district administrator Lew Anderson.

Those include sections of exposed concrete crumbling, problematic bleacher seats, and locker rooms that often smell worse than the sweaty athletes they house.

A previous architectural study estimated that it could cost $10 million to demolish and rebuild the grandstand and to expand the track.

The new study by CTA architects was commissioned as a “precautionary” measure before spring sports began.

“We just wanted to take a look,” said superintendent Greg Upham.

The report didn’t include results from X-rays of the interior grandstand checking for structural stability, but architects didn’t expect surprises.

It puts a $5.3 million price tag on gutting the grandstand instead of demolishing it, and remodeling bleachers and locker rooms.

Some minor work recommended by architects has already begun on the east bleachers to the tune of about $30,000 when it's finished. The report recommends regular maintenance on the aluminum bleachers, likely costing about $7,500 per year. 

It also recommends that until the results of the X-rays for structural integrity come back that seating in the grandstand is limited to 1,000 people. The area was built to hold 2,175 people. 

The report also recommends that the district "consider funding" for replacing the facility. 

That would likely require a voted bond. School trustees kicked around the idea of a high school bond last spring, but talk on the topic has grown scarce, instead turning to a high school operational levy this year to pay for textbooks and career counselors. 

A bond, Anderson said, would have to be "a next consideration."

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Education Reporter

Education reporter for the Billings Gazette.