TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) – Tipp City Schools have approved funding for the second phase of their stadium improvement plan.
The stadium itself has been primarily funded by the public, and not through elections or levies. Most of the money has come from private donations.
If you drive by Tippecanoe’s football field today, you’ll see the old concession stand and bathrooms are no more.
That’s because on Monday, the school board approved private funding totaling roughly $878,000 to build new concession areas and a much larger full-year bathroom.
“Its been a long time coming for the stadium renovations.. Overall, I’m excited about the progress,” said JD Foust, the Athletic Director at Tippecanoe High School.
Foust says the Tipp Pride Association has been a serious game changer. Stepping up with private funding as an unrelated school levy hits the May ballot.
“We take academics very seriously. We want to accomplish that (the levy) with our taxpayers. I think it was important to get this (the stadium funding) private group together to fund raise as much as possible,” said Foust.
Because the new restrooms will be heated and open to the public, Tipp City is contributing just under $300,000 to the project.
Phase 3 of the project could be on the horizon next year, when the seating will be enhanced from 1,500 seats to 3,500 seats, focusing on better access for senior residents.
“Our 3,500 seats and handicapped accessible seating is going to allow everyone to come in to the stadium to join the event. It’s going to give our senior citizens the opportunity to get into the stands,” said Foust.
The Tipp Pride Association did take out loans for the project. The district will not be liable for that money moving forward.
2 NEWS will let you know when the funding is finalized for phase three of the project.