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Ripon High scoring new board for football opener

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POSTED August 16, 2012 12:46 a.m.

RIPON – Kick off is a few weeks away at Stouffer Field.

By then, Ripon High football fans attending the season opener against visiting Linden can expect to see the first-phase completion of the newly remodeled stadium.

Included will be the 30-foot high, state-of-the-arts scoreboard compliments of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation via a donation by Pacific, Gas & Electric.

The double-sided digital scoreboard arrived last Monday and will stand on the north side of Stouffer Field to better serve the community’s only football / track and field venue.

“It looks good,” said RCAF president Stephanie Hobbs.

RHS will host Linden in a non-league affair on Aug. 31.

The Ripon Unified school board agreed to have Engeo Inc. handle the installation, with the sign being supported by cast-in-place concrete drilled piers to support the structural steel elements.

Besides the scoreboard, RCAF still has some finishing touches before that first game.

Hobbs indicated that the outer track curb needs fencing. Cost for material is $16,000 as labor will be donated.

An estimated 300 tons of asphalt is needed. Cost is about $30,000.

Installation of concrete for sidewalks from the ticket booths and both sets of bleachers have an estimated price tag of $22,000.

Donations are needed.

A local family who wished to remain anonymous has stepped up with a $50,000 matching grant, according to Hobbs.

“Whatever anyone gives will be doubled,” she explained.

The matching grant will allow RCAF to complete the first phase. Needed is a donation of money or the necessary supplies (asphalt, concrete or even labor) for the wish list by Aug. 20.

Furthermore, community organizations, businesses, families and individuals contributing to the cause will be permanently recognized in the stadium.

Donations are tax deductible and payable to: RCAF, P.O. Box 863, Ripon CA, 95366.

Contact Hobbs at 209-923-3894 to obtain more information or stay informed by clicking on to Ripon Community Athletic Foundation on Facebook or logging on to www.rcafsite.com.

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