NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Construction workers just finished installing the steel framing of the homeside bleachers at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. Crews have been working since April to finish installing the bleachers, among other amenities, a $1.1 million dollar job.
"It's a new pressbox that they're putting in place right now, and the new seats in the VIP section should be coming shortly, they should be getting put in as well," said Sports Complex Manager David Ray.
Ray said the new bleachers will also have the same amount of seating as the prior grandstands. This, after an engineer reported last year that the bleachers be demolished and replaced due to inadequate support columns and corrosion.
Fans used temporary bleachers to make it through last year's football season, but Ray said the new seats will not only be safer, but ready to go by the first high school home football game.
"Everything is going to be current state of Florida code for hurricane and wind force and things along those lines. We're going to have a beautiful set of bleachers when it's all said and done," Ray said.
The first high school home football game is on Aug. 21, when New Smyrna Beach plays Atlantic High School.