If you’ve had the opportunity to drive by Miller Field over the last few weeks, you may have seen some of the students from Northeast Metropolitan Tech working hard on getting the fieldhouse prepped for construction. Starting this month, the students will be at the site on a regular basis and be there as long as they can into the winter months.
The slab, which was originally supposed to be poured two weeks ago, was delayed due to a change in plumbing lines, and is scheduled to be poured at the end of this week.
“I feel confident that everything underground will be done and ready to go by this week,” said Jim Letterie, Co-Chairman of the Miller Field Committee, who credits the committee for their ongoing hard work.
As far as the installation of the rest of the structure, the committee believes that in order to install the roof, a crane will be necessary, and it may need to be subcontracted out.
Letterie said that one of the remaining items on the punch list is the installation of a four-foot fence around the shot put area.
The ticket booth is currently being constructed by students from Winthrop High School, the technology is in place allowing for games to be broadcast live, and the committee is confident that 80 percent of the fieldhouse will be completed by spring, with a promise to have everything 100 percent competed by Labor Day 2019.
“The kids really like the new field, they say that it’s energetic in the stands,” said Letterie, who confirmed all is still on budget. “We’ve seen it pretty full with parents, grandparents, and students. It’s a great addition to the community, the kids really like it.”