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Ripon Christian gets OK on 1,500 seat sports complex

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Ripon Christian gets OK on 1,500 seat sports complex

Eddie Erdelatz, who is an assistant football coach at Ripon Christian High, holds up the conceptual drawing of the proposed athletic complex at Tuesday’s Ripon Planning Commission meeting.


POSTED April 10, 2013 1:54 a.m.

Eddie Erdelatz left Tuesday’s Ripon Planning Commission with conceptual drawings of the Ripon Christian Athletic Complex.

He’s an assistant football coach for the Knights and a committee member for the project that was conceived over a year ago. Erdelatz was also thrilled that Commissioners gave their OK on the plan.

No timelines are set as of yet. But folks at RC will now have a major piece for their fundraising efforts.

“We’re calling it an athletic complex (and not a stadium) because it will tie in with the rest of our athletic venues,” said Erdelatz.

According to Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart, the RC Athletic Complex calls for updating the sports facility consisting of a dirt track, soccer field, and portable bleachers. During football season, the Knights share nearby Stouffer Field with Ripon High.

Zuidervaart indicated that the site plan’s a 3.65-acre field will serve as the future home for Knights’ football and soccer programs. Gone would be the dirt track with renovations calling for elevated slopes and bleachers surrounded by trees, scoreboard, and snack bar / ticket booth and restroom facility, to name a few.

The future home of the Knights would also have 1,000-seat capacity bleachers with a two-story press box / coaches’ box on the home field side and 500-seat bleachers on the visitor’s side.

The end zone – adjacent to Maple Avenue – would be located east of the complex, where plans call for putting in a scoreboard, cross and a flag pole.

On the opposite end would be the main entrance with ticket booth, restrooms and a memorial water fountain to honor those connected with the school that have since passed on.

Visitor’s side parking is planned for northwest corner of the athletic complex, with 40 stalls and two handicapped spaces. Entrance would be at the Frontage Road.

Zuidervaart noted that the home parking would consist of the existing spaces with 192 stalls and six handicapped.

All told, the proposed RC Athletic Complex would be a link to the 17.11 acres on campus that consists of the Knights’ softball and baseball facilities.

“Seeing these plans excites me,” Commissioner Mark Winchell said. “I’m looking forward to seeing games there.”

He and his colleagues voted 4-0-1 on the plan. Commissioner David Collins abstained, citing a conflict of interest.

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