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Stadium Renovation Gets a Boost from Polk County

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Polk County Supervisor Steve VanOort presents a $100,000 Community Development Grant for the Ankeny Stadium renovation.
Left to right: Brent Buttjer, AHS Activities Director; Mark Harpenau, Hawks Sports Booster Club President; Supervisor VanOort; Jolene Stober, Jaguars Sports Booster Club President; Tom Kinseth, ACHS Activities Director.
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ANKENY, Iowa (May 18, 2016) - Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort presented a Community Development Grant to the Ankeny Athletic Booster Club. The grant award will be used for the Ankeny Stadium renovation project.
The school district will break ground on phase one of the renovations this fall.
Phase one improvements include:
  • Increased seating capacity on the west side of the stadium from 4,000 to 7,000 total capacity
  • Improving and increasing the number of restrooms available
  • Improving concession stands for a better food preparation and service environment, reduction of lines, and increased efficiency
  • New scoreboard
The renovations will begin after the 2016 football season, but a new scoreboard is anticipated to be in place for the 2016 season. The stadium will never shut-down entirely during the renovation project, and is still planned to be funded primarily through private and corporate donations. Phase one of the renovation project is scheduled to be complete by the 2017 football season.

“Ankeny Community Schools enjoys great academic success, as well as success in the areas of activities, the arts, and athletics,” noted Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston, Ankeny Superintendent. "We believe students who are actively involved beyond the classroom are better prepared as they leave us to pursue a lifetime of personal success. These renovations will allow for the continued success of our entire district. Additionally, it will accommodate the growth we are experiencing throughout the school district to serve our student activities better.”