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Ripon Christian nears $950,000 goal for stadium

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POSTED June 17, 2014 12:55 a.m.

The Ripon Christian Athletic Complex is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Donations for the 1,500-seat football/soccer facility has been progressing rather nicely since efforts began last November, according Steve Beukelman, who is the committee chairman of the RCAC plan.

“We have 80 percent of the fundraising done and we hope to have the rest (of the $950,000) in the next 60 to 90 days,” he said on Thursday. “Once we’re fully funded we can start building.”

Plans call for future home of the Knights to have 1,000-seat capacity bleachers on the home side equipped with a two-story press box / coaches’ box, and the visitors’ bleachers consisting of 500 seats. The 3.65-acre field will have the capacity for more seating if need in the future.

Beukelman indicated that the first phase of construction would consist of stadium bleachers, lights, press box, concession area and restrooms.

Some of the unique features in the plan include the scoreboard and cross-seating area, the athletic complex entry arbor, memorial stadium entry and fountain, and a football-viewing terrace patio.

The dirt track would be no more, with renovations calling for elevated slopes.

“The goal post on the west side will be raised by four feet for better (event) viewing,” said Beukelman, using that as one example.

As for the Master Plan, the completed football / soccer field would be linked to the softball and baseball facilities.

In Aug. 2013, the Ripon Planning Commission gave the OK to the plan. Eddie Erdelatz, for one, was thrilled.

He’s an assistant football coach at RC as well as a committee member of the project that was conceived in 2012. Plans began years much earlier, Beukelman said.

As for the fundraising efforts, he believes that will continue to move forward.

“RC has always been a very, very giving community,” said Beukelman. “A lot of people come to us to make their donations.”

He’s hardly surprised.

“RC’s uniqueness is its support system,” said Beukelman. “We also have it that grandparents attended the school. Their children also attended RC as do their grandchildren.”

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