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KWU Stadium, Scoreboard Taking Shape

Jeff Garretson - September 2, 2015 2:30 pm

Crews work Wednesday on hanging panels on the scoreboard at KWU's new sports complex

Before the Coyotes can light up the scoreboard with touchdowns on Saturdays – crews are working to put the finishing touches on the Graves Family Sports Complex at Kansas Wesleyan.

Workmen from B.J. Koetting Inc. of Salina were busy Wednesday morning hanging panels on the 25-foot x 25-foot scoreboard that dominates the southeast corner of the football field.

Richard Koetting tells KSAL News its the first scoreboard he’s ever built, “It’s going great,” he said despite some gusty south winds.

“Hey it’s Kansas we work in the wind everyday,” Koetting said.

The project which began in January of 2014 with the demolition of the 73-year-old sandstone stadium is in its final phase with the completion of the field house and locker rooms.

The dedication of the new Gene Bissell Field will take place Saturday, October 3rd as part of KWU’s Homecoming festivities prior to a 6pm kickoff between the Coyotes and McPherson College.

KWU beat Waldorf College 34-9 to open their season on the road and will host Midland University at Salina Stadium on September 5th.

Richard Koetting looks over the blueprints

Richard Koetting looks over the blueprints

Doug Clemens

September 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

The field looks great but from that point the project goes downhill. Why put the scoreboard back where it was originally. It has always been placed in the wrong position for over 55 years. Secondly why is there not seating across the field for visiting teams? Evidently they feel everyone should sit on the same side of the field. Like many of us want to sit next to some idiot cheering for the other team. Sometimes educators just are not smart enough to anything simple effecting ordinary people.

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