OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It's out with the old, and in with temporary bleachers on the visitor's side at Greyhound Stadium in Ocean Springs.
The Ocean Springs School Board met and acted on a set of bleachers that's seen better days.
In 2017, structural engineers gave the visitor side bleachers at Greyhound Stadium a rating of "fair," but this year, the rating was "poor."That's why the school board decided at a special call meeting to tear down the visitor's side bleachers and bring in temporary seating for the 2018 football season.
"Our stadium has obviously deteriorated through the years and the reason why it took so long and here we are at the last minute per say is because we were waiting for that report to come in," said Eric Camp, school board secretary. "It actually came in worse than what we expected. We are going to be able to get this demoed and we'll have bleachers for our visitors and it's a win-win and it's also the first step on the road toward getting the scope of our full stadium getting done in the future."
The demolition project is expected to go quickly. Once that happens, they'll bring in the temporary bleachers just in time for the Greyhounds' first home game, which is set for Aug. 17.
"Now we're a week and a half away from the season, and I think what they decided to do was the best thing," said Mark Hubbard, Ocean Springs athletic director. "It will get us through this year, we'll keep the concession stands and the restrooms, I think just to get us through this year, that will work."