There’s a fairly good chance that Ripon Christian Athletic Stadium will be ready for Zero Week.
But a few things will have to fall in place for that to happen.
“Right now, the split is 75 to 25 (percent) on us playing there on Friday,” said Knights assistant coach Eddie Erdelatz on Monday.
RC is scheduled to host visiting Mountain House to kick off the 2015 football schedule.
If not at the new $1.2 million facility, the Knights have a contingency plan place – Ripon High’s Stouffer Field.
School officials will know by Thursday.
As it stands, about 90 percent of the stadium bleachers have been installed.
The structure accommodating the restrooms and concessions is completed as well. Both that and the bleachers will have to pass inspections by the City of Ripon in order for the Knights to open the season in their new digs.
Other work in progress is the two-story press box – the wrap-around staircase is scheduled for installation in coming days. Ditto that for the 50-foot cross on the corner of the end zone near Maple Avenue.
Erdelatz indicated that an anonymous donor forked out for the footing to the cross, which is already being called the ‘heart and soul’ of the school.
“The City has been a great supporter of this project,” he said. “They’ve been very cooperative in trying to get us ready (for that first game).”
However, any inspections would have to be done by Thursday since Friday is an off day for the city officials.
“I know it’ll be by the skin of our chin,” added Erdelatz on the possibilities of the early opening.
Regardless, the grand opening for RC Athletic Stadium is planned for Friday, Sept. 11.
By then, everything on that first phase of this project including the team room promises to be place and functioning.
“We’re excited and can’t wait to play in our new stadium,” said RC senior lineman Will Kamps, who was also the Southern League’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He added: “That’s all we’ve been talking about – having our first-ever home game.”