Burlington stadium renovation project raises $4.1M

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A foundation set up to raise money to renovate Burlington High School’s stadium said it has raised $4.1 million, exceeding its original goal, and now is aiming higher with hopes of making even more improvements.

The Purple and Gray Foundation said Friday night it exceeded its $3.5 million fundraising goal through private donations and a $1 million pledge from Burlington School District.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reported (http://bit.ly/1jU0WkO ) that foundation leaders say their new goal of $4.95 million will enable them to renovate the 94-year-old Bracewell Stadium with new, updated features and to meet Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines.

“Everything is more expensive than we thought,” said Jerry Sherwood, co-chairman of the foundation. “We felt like we needed to make more money and raise more money, and this community really stepped up.”

The first construction phase, which is to be completed in August, adds a new press box, restrooms, a concession stand and parking spaces.

The second phase will include new synthetic turf, field lighting, a scoreboard and sound system, and locker rooms. It is to be completed before football season next year.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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