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Lynchburg Eyes $7 Mill In Upgrades To City Stadium

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Lynchburg, VA - Wednesday night Lynchburg citizens had a chance to hear a $7 million proposal to save a suffering Hill City monument. Officials with the city's Department of Parks and Recreation said Wednesday they hope the work on City Stadium will get under way in 2014.

City Stadium is 75 years old. Since 1939 it hasn't had so much as a single renovation, that is, until now.

At a public meeting Wednesday, officials with the Department of Parks and Recreation laid out their plans for the facility which include a new entrance, new bathrooms, concessions, locker rooms, lighting, P-A system, and an artificial turf field are all a part of the project totaling $7 million.

The stadium is home turf for both E.C. Glass and Heritage High Schools. Officials said work needed to begin as soon as possible to make sure that when a new Heritage goes under construction the facility will be ready for football games.

"Their athletic fields will be impacted and we already have a shortage of athletic fields, we need to move very quickly on this athletic field so that we'll have greater use" said Kay Frazier, the Director of Parks and Rec.

Another part of the proposal, a more directional sound and lighting system, which Wednesday, was a welcome change for neighbors that butt right up to the property.

"I heard good things about the PA system, that it apparently will be more directed toward the field and less towards the neighbors. At times, it's quite loud, especially on Saturdays" said Annette Chenault, who lives next to City Stadium.

The funding for the project is included in an already approved Capital Improvement plan. Lynchburg City Council will hear the specifics on the proposal during a work session in February.

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