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Renovated Pasco stadium reopens

The new concession stand at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco was empty Thursday morning.

But pretty soon it'll be stocked with goodies and packed with spectators who want a treat as they catch a football game or soccer match.

The second concession area -- on the east side of the stadium -- is one of several new features that's been added to accommodate the new high school coming next year.

"The new digs are really nice," said John Morgan, Pasco School District's planning principal. "They're not lush, but they're really nice and usable."

The stadium reopens to the public today after being closed since after graduation in June for the $2.2 million renovation.

The money for the revamp comes from an $83.4 million bond voters approved in 2006 for several capital projects, including building the district's second high school off Argent Road.

Chiawana High is scheduled to open in fall 2009.

Morgan gave a tour of the stadium Thursday morning. The fieldhouse now is double the size of the old one and has two more locker rooms, bringing the total to four.

Now there also are two training rooms instead of one and more room for referees and storage.

The east side of the stadium also got some new bleachers and a building with bathrooms and the concession stand.

A new parking lot will be put in on the east side in the future, and the district has plans to replace the scoreboard.

Zeigler Construction Co. in Richland was the contractor and Design West Architects, which has an office in Pullman, did the design work.

Jerry Marsh supervised the project for the district. Kim Marsh is the district's construction manager.

The renovation work started in December.

"The stadium houses so many different events. It's used all the time ...," Morgan said. "I think the stadium will continue to be a focal point (of the community), along with the schools."