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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Quitman upgrades football stadium

  • Faced with code enforcement issues, Quitman made several renovations to Bulldog Stadium, including new and improved stands on both sides, a new seating area for the band and a new press box.In the past two years, Quitman has also added a new field house along with a concession stand/restroom structure, scoreboard and play...
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  • Faced with code enforcement issues, Quitman made several renovations to Bulldog Stadium, including new and improved stands on both sides, a new seating area for the band and a new press box. In the past two years, Quitman has also added a new field house along with a concession stand/restroom structure, scoreboard and play clocks, all together taking Bulldog Stadium from a dilapidated venue to one comparable to some of Class 2A's finest facilities. “The bleachers were run down and our Superintendent didn't want anybody to get hurt,” said Bulldog Coach Fritz Heidenreich, who has led the young program to the state playoffs two years in a row. “Since we had to do it we went all out, got a place for the band and it looks good. The players like it. When they got back to workout in July it was finished and I heard some of them talking about it. They are excited. I told them they have to win to fill it up.” Heidenreich estimated the seating capacity to be near 800 ¨ at least 300 more than the previous capacity. “It is very comparable to the places we visit,” said Heidenreich. “The new bleachers make it look nice. Our kids have modern stuff so I think it compares well with what we see.” The Bulldogs' home opener is scheduled for Sept. 7 against Magazine, which has won 38 games over the past three years, including the 2010 state championship.

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