By Wyatt Goolsby
Major Renovations are on the way for Ratliff Stadium. And if you are a season ticket holder, you may be affected by the changes.
"This has been talked about for the last two years, and so people have known that it's coming and I think it's pretty well known in the community that this construction was going to take place," said Mike Adkins with ECISD.
The plans have been made to improve Ratliff Stadium with a big renovation project. And officials with ECISD said that means taking 800 seats on each side of the stadium out to make room for seats for people with disabilities.
"We feel like we can certainly do most of the project without affecting the events that take place at the stadium. But really, to get really to working on the seating, it will be after football season ends and that includes playoff games. Those are the unknown, as to how many football playoff games we will hold at Ratliff Stadium, but when those are finished, the biggest part of the construction begins," said Adkins.
At Ratliff Stadium, fans can expect to see certain rows like rows 19 and 20 to have more handicapped accessible seats, but it's not the only update fans can expect to see in the future.
"This ADA renovation project is going to touch every aspect of the stadium where the public has access. It's going to affect the concession areas, the restrooms, and the accessibility areas. Everything has to be brought into compliance with the ADA and with the Texas Accessibility Standards," explained Adkins.
And ECISD has sent out a letter this week to season ticket holders who will be affected by the renovation. Officials said they will work to put those people as close to their original seats as possible. Michael Podzemny with Michael Podzemny Insurance is one of those season ticket holders who will have to move. But he said it's not that big of a deal.
"You know, really, there's not a bad seat in the stadium, so I am sure they are going to be able to work it out, and be able to put us somewhere. If I have to sit on the visitors' side, than I will. I don't have a problem with that," said Podzemny.Officials said once the work begins on the stadium, it will be ongoing for close to a year.