Brookfield High School senior Brian Hunter is looking forward to the start of football season.
“There is a lot of history at the stadium,” Hunter said.
He and his classmates have seen that winning tradition for years. Since 2011, the Brookfield Warriors have won 35 games and lost 10.
But after the district was told the football stadium violated a number of rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act, players and the community alike are scrambling to keep the winning tradition alive at the current stadium.
“There is always that ‘what goes on off the field is more important than what happens on the field’,” Hunter said.
The district is working to make the bleachers handicapped accessible. But, for a school system that is broke, it is a challenge to find the money to make the proper upgrades.
“We are very optimistic we can get it done,” Brookfield Athletic Director Tim Taylor said.
Taylor said the district got a $50,000 donation from the Cafaro Foundation.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us. That is why it is important we get the ball rolling,” he said.
The school district hopes to have all the mandated improvements done in time for the first game in August. They said if it is not done in time, they are going to ask neighboring districts for help.
“We have been in talks with Girard. We have been in talks with Warren G. Harding. Both have offered their facilities,” Taylor said.
At a community meeting on Wednesday, parents and school officials came up with ways to raise money for the project. There is an account set up through the school district so the money goes where it is supposed to.
“It takes every person available to make this work,” Taylor said.
Work is expected to start after the Fourth of July weekend.