VERONA — The light poles at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district’s Sheveron Stadium, brought down last spring for safety reasons, are “back in business,” the VVS school district and Board of Education announced Tuesday.
The district said “all hands were on deck for the final testing of the light, sound, and scoreboard systems last week, just in time for the first home fall sports contests.”
The four poles containing sets of lights had been reinstalled as of Aug. 26, but the district indicated at the time that the overall lighting system was still pending various electrical reconnections.
The VVS varsity field hockey team has a home game today at 6 p.m. against Oneida, while the VVS varsity football team’s home opener for the 2019 season is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. against Chittenango.
District officials had said in May that the poles were brought down for testing after a structural issue was found in the upper portion of the bases and anchor bolts.
“With the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community always being our primary concern, the district worked with numerous organizations to fully assess and resolve the issue,” according to Tuesday’s announcement. “The district, in cooperation with its architect and construction management firm, contracted with third-party testing firms, as well as a third-party structural engineer to provide an expert objective assessment and develop a plan to address the failure and reinstall the poles.”
The group “found and implemented a solution that provided even greater structural integrity,” said the district. “As an added precaution, additional special inspections by third-party inspectors and engineers took place throughout the reconstruction process, concrete pours, and fastening of the poles to their foundations.”
The district said it “appreciates the patience and understanding shown by our community during this process.” It is “excited to continue to provide the same safe and enjoyable player and spectator experience that was enjoyed by all with the opening of Sheveron Stadium last fall.”
The stadium had opened last October as a newly built artificial turf multi-sport facility including football, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey among them.