Richland’s Fran Rish Stadium nearing completion of $10 million renovation
RICHLAND, Wash. — A stadium, deeply rooted in the Richland Community, is getting a major facelift.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Ty Beaver, RSD’s Director of Communication said.
Built in 1954, Fran Rish Stadium has hosted countless events, and the last time it was renovated was in 2015 and that was on the Visitor’s Side.
“There’s so much excitement and so much happiness – the changes that have come about and will make it a better experience for our student athletes and for our spectators,” Ty said.
The 10 million dollar project is part of the 2017 bond; construction started in spring 2022.
“That was for the home side and so the actual big side big bleachers concrete bleachers which is where all the locker rooms are underneath and everything and also putting in a new ticket booth and restroom facility,” Beaver said.
One of the biggest changes? Ty said they had to say goodbye to the traditional field.
“We used to have a grass field, which we know – we have a lot of folks who like to have the grass and everything but it does take a lot of maintenance to maintain a grass field and also for post season play you have to have turf,” the Richland School District hopes a turf field will open the stadium to new opportunities, “we redid the track and we’re putting in new places for long jump and pole vault so all of these things are going to make the athletic experience better for our students.”
Off the field, athletes will have new locker rooms, while guests will experience a brand new ticket booth and a place to go when nature calls, without long lines.
“You got to update the restrooms and make sure that they can accommodate both for ADA, accessibility but also the sheer number of crowds,” Beaver explained.
The Richland School District plans on the project’s completion in time for fall athletics, and hope visitors continue to enjoy this community icon.
“There’s still work to do but they’ve made good progress and we’re on schedule and we’re pretty happy.”
The Bombers take on the Southridge Suns at Fran Rish Stadium on September 2nd, at 7:05 PM.
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