Stocker Stadium renovations right on schedule and budget

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- According to the Director of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Dept., Rob Schoeber, the facelift of the Lincoln Park sporting complex is right on schedule.

The project was projected to cost the city a total $8.3 Million, which Schoeber also says the contractors are still on-track with.

The new complex with be equipped with: brand new concession stands located underneath the seating areas, televisions hanging from the walls inside of the concessions area, new bathrooms, a new administration facility for the Grand Junction Rockies, Wi-fi capabilities for both the football and baseball facilities, new dugouts, new press boxes, and handicap accessibility throughout the complex.

The first major event to be held in the renovated complex with be CMU's commencement, which is slated for May 12th - just four days after the new stadium is scheduled to open.

Although construction will still be underway, track season events will continue to be held at Stocker Stadium. Practices for those teams begin on February 27th. However, high school and collegiate baseball games will be moved to Canyon View Park until construction is complete and Suplizio Field is rendered playable.

Schoeber says the renovations to the field will accommodate fans with a higher-quality spectating experience and he looks forward to what the new sports complex can bring to Grand Junction.


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  • by HP Location: GJ on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    John, I agree the existing parking at the park is lacking. I have always believed that a parking structure should have been a part of the upgrade. I believe the thought was that parking is available at the College Campus. I think it is inadequate and short sighted.
  • by John Location: United States on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    Parking ??????
  • by HP Location: GJ on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    First, this project has gone through the budgeting process for years. Second, the contractor does not allow any undocumented immigrants on the site. Third, the land costs to place fields at each site would be exorbitant. In addition, there is not just the cost of building a field, the costs associated with upkeep and maintenance have to be factored in. The money that will be brought in by this new stadium will be huge. Between the additional 25 year contract from JUCO, and bringing in the Ghosts, the boon to local hotels and restaurants will be huge. Finally, any "common" resident can sit in the new stadium. Parts of the new stadium will directly benefit disabled individuals and their families. Personally, I think some people complain, just to be heard.
  • by JAMES on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    WHY DOES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USE THIS FIELD FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING ACTIVITIES? AFTER LOOKING AT THE BUDGET ITEMS SD 51 EACH SCHOOL COULD HAVE IT'S OWN FIELD ALBEIT NOT AS LUXURIOUS BUT IT WOULD ALLOW THE GATE FEES AND CONCESSION PROCEEDS TO BE KEPT AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL RATHER THAN BEING TURNED OVER TO THE DISTRICT.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    Are they using undocumented day labourers like the new police station? Funny that they are getting away with not paying any of the taxes needed to fund projects like this.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:10 PM
    What budget? I don't recall anything being proposed. Just a huge money grab so the rich and connected can have a place above the common man. You can bet no common GJ resident will be allowed to sit there, but we will all pay the taxes for it.
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