Construction Delays Force Bellefonte To Improvise For Home Football Games

Aug 7, 2018

Bellefonte Area School District is searching for alternate venues for its football team to play as it becomes clearer their home field won't be available for most of this fall's football season. 

In a July 17 meeting broadcast on C-NET, the school board learned that an issue ordering the bleachers for the new stadium would hold up its completion from the previous target date in September to about October 12.

A construction vehicle moves earth for the construction of the new Rogers Stadium for Bellefonte Area High School.
Credit Bellefonte Area School District

This will likely prevent the Bellefonte Red Raiders from playing any home football games until at least their October 26 matchup with Bald Eagle Area High School.

Rain could delay things even further.

“Construction is what construction is," said Bellefonte Area School Board president Rodney Musser when asked about the delays last week. "It’s not always beautiful at any given time until the project is complete.”

Members said athletic director Jimmy Soltis is working on a backup plan for each game. Some options include playing home games at other local schools, or playing at their opponents' stadiums.

Musser said he’s happy the stadium project is taking place, despite the delays.

“I just want people to focus on the positive at this point, this is a facility that’s been needed for an extended period of time.”