The away bleachers can now accomodate three times as many spectators.
by: Ray Pitz, Everett Humphrey of SAL Development puts finishing touches on visiting spectator bleachers at Sherwood High School’s athletic field the first week of July. The new seating will accommodate more than 550 people.

Visiting spectators at Sherwood High School's first fall football game no longer will have to fear splinters or the possibility those in the first row can't see over the standing players.

That's because the school now has aluminum bleachers, which can accommodate up to 559 visitors.

The new seating was installed over a two-week period in June and July by SAL Development out of Maple Valley, Wash.

Members of the Sherwood Booster Club demolished and carted away the wooden bleachers and picked up the $13,000 tab to purchase a concrete pad for the new bleachers. The old bleachers, which could accommodate only 200 spectators, were recycled.

The Sherwood School Board approved the visitor's side bleacher purchase last fall in anticipation of larger expected crowds due to the Oregon School Activities Association decision to move Sherwood from its 3A Tri-Valley League Classification to 5A in District 2.

'That was recommended,' said Superintendent Dan Jamison. 'We had inadequate seating.'

The new bleachers have a handicap-accessible ramp and spots for up to seven wheelchairs, according to Everett Humphrey of SAL Development

Meanwhile, the district is working on completion of a new soccer and baseball field. The soccer field butts up to Meinecke Road (located between the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints Church stake house and the high school) with the baseball field adjoining that field.

'The soccer field is completely seeded and growing in, and we believe our kids will be able to play on it this fall,' said Jamison.

The varsity baseball field won't be ready until next spring. Jamison said the grass isn't ready for use yet and the district still has to install a backstop, flagpole and red clay dirt infield.

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