More improvements proposed for Breese Stevens Field

Remember football games at Breese Stevens Field?  Yup, it’s  still there, and flourishing!

From Madison,com (10/15/18)

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The Madison Parks Division is proposing more improvements to historic Breese Stevens Field, including bleacher upgrades, more bleachers, and a hospitality area atop a soon-to-be-built concession structure

Already a hub for sports, music and events, historic Breese Stevens Field on Madison’s Near East Side would get further spiffing up under a plan from the city’s Parks Division.

 

Officials are proposing a mix of hospitality, seating and field improvements, including a public hospitality deck, part of it atop a soon-to-be-built concessions addition and the rest above underused concrete seating beneath a 1925 canopy at the west end of the stadium.

 

The proposal also includes more bleachers, a paved area at the east end of the stadium to better accommodate concerts and vendors, and other upgrades for professional United Soccer League Division III competition, coming to the stadium in March 2019.

“These improvements are necessary to modernize the facility and make it more spectator-friendly, as well as are key to ensuring a facility that meets the standards for professional soccer,” parks superintendent Eric Knepp said.

 

The Parks Division made an informational presentation to the city’s Landmarks Commission on Monday evening, with a vote on initial approval, called a “certificate of appropriateness,” expected Nov. 19. A neighborhood meeting is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 1. at Festival Foods, 810 E. Washington Ave.

 

Specifically, the proposed improvements include:

  • Constructing a hospitality deck, likely with tables mostly atop a new, 3,780-square-foot concessions building but also extending over underused concrete seats under the center of the 1925 roof, an area built as baseball seating but now farthest from the soccer field and concert stage. The deck would create an active, social space offering better views of the field.
  • Installing new bleacher seats on the concrete steps under the north wing of the roof.
  • Creating a drink-rail area for standing spectators featuring narrow, raised tables on the concrete steps under the south wing of the roof.
  • Adding a 16,000-square-foot paved area to accommodate the temporary concert stage and vendors at the east end of the stadium.
  • Replacing part of a gravel area with a concrete surface near the press box on the south side of the stadium.
  • Installing bleachers on the east side of the stadium.
  • Setting up temporary bench shelters for soccer players and temporary fencing on the perimeter of the soccer field, including a scrolling LED screen along one section of the fence on the south side of the field.
  • Improving handicap access on the west end of the stadium.
  • Replacing roll-up doors on the north end of the stadium.

The Parks Division is “trying to get an understanding of concerns and the reaction to the proposed improvements,” said Mike Sturm, a landscape architect with the Parks Division.

 

Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field was built in 1925, with additions in 1934 and 1939. The stone wall enclosing the field was built by the Civil Works Administration in 1934. The site was designated a city landmark in 1995 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

 

The city has invested about $5.9 million for improvements to the stadium since 2007, including $1 million to install artificial turf in 2015, and $1.65 million for the concessions and restrooms building now under construction.

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Bob Risley’s Health

Below are messages from JoAnn Salin, and Phyllis Eisenberg regarding classmate Bob Risley’s health.

It has been my long policy while administering this website not to publicly list personal address & phone information.

That being said, anyone not having Bob’s phone or email information, click here to send a message to me, and I’ll gladly provide you with Bob’s address information.

ChuckR


Hi Chuck,

I got an email from Phyllis and she wrote, “Bob told  me it was ok to put on the website that he is having medical issues and accepting phone calls and prayers”

JoAnn


Hi Chuck,

Phyllis asked me to send the following message to you.
“Bob Risley  is having health issues and let’s all send him prayers and phone calls.  Can you have CHUCK put that on the web page”
But I wonder if if might be a good idea to get Bob’s permission first.
JoAnn
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Lori Larson’s Husband

Nancy Thielen Ohmann posted this message on the website today.  I will post the obituary notice, when it appears in the paper.

ChuckR


“Hi Chuck, I Just found out that Lori Larson’s husband, Rollie (Roland Peterson) died yesterday. He had been ill for a while and his obituary will be in this Sunday’s Star Tribune.

Nancy O”

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More Pictures of 60th Reunion added

Thanks to Rodney Sweet for providing more 60th Reunion photos,

They have been added to:

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Thoughts Remembering The School Tour Added

Thanks to Eugene Brown and  Marsha Clinard Boast, thoughts remembering the 60th Reunion School Tour have been added to the School Tour Photos page.

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60th Reunion Memories Updates

The following features have been added to the 60th Class Reunion memories:

  • A letter to classmates from Laura Fellman.  It can be found by using this menu diagram.

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More 60th Reunion Photos Added

More photos have been added to the 60th Reunion Photo Memories pages.

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