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Campaign aims to raise funds for Howland stadium

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HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio - With dwindling state dollars and difficulty passing operating levies, clubs and foundations in Boardman, Niles, and now Howland, have taken it upon themselves to raise private dollars for school stadium projects.

Howland's project was unveiled at a kick off campaign at Leo's Ristorante Wednesday evening.

The President of the Howland Community Stadium Foundation, Kevin Wyndham says the foundation members have already raised about $400,000 of the $1.85 million project that will be built in three or four phases.

The foundation asked members of the business community to contribute to the stadium that supporters say will take Howland into the future.

Wyndham says the first phase will include a new turf field that will be the centerpiece of the stadium.

The second phase will include new electrical service and upgrades of the bleachers which would increase seating capacity from 3,400 to about 5,000.

Wyndham explains the additional seating capacity would put Howland in the running to host state playoff games.

Wyndham says the project could also benefit businesses in the area.

Wyndham pointed out bleachers on the visitor's side are not in good shape and only offers portable toilet facilities.
 
The restrooms on the home side are not compliant with the American With Disabilities Act.
 
Wyndham says people who use a wheelchair, must sit in the end zone isolated from others, where there is access through a ramp.
 
The third phase will include new gates, fencing, a ticket office and enhanced ADA compliant bathrooms.
 
When completed, the new stadium is expected to save the district about one million dollars or more over ten years by reducing maintenance and costs of upkeep.  
 
The first phase is expected to be in place by spring of 2014. 
 
All three phases could be finished in two to four years.
 
Anyone wishing to help may call the Howland Athletic Office for information on how to make a donation.
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