The new concession stand building at the Smyrna High School football stadium will cost $1.1 million, but that’s actually less than expected. The Smyrna School District Board of Education approved the low bid from Kent Construction Company with a 4-0 vote at the March 17 board meeting at Smyrna High School. When district voters approved the referendum for additions to the high school, the estimated cost of the new concession stand building was $1.35 million.


The new concession stand building at the Smyrna High School football stadium will cost $1.1 million, but that’s actually less than expected.

The Smyrna School District Board of Education approved the low bid from Kent Construction Company with a 4-0 vote at the March 17 board meeting at Smyrna High School. Board member Ron Eby didn’t attend because he was out of town.

When district voters approved the referendum for additions to the high school, the estimated cost of the new concession stand building was $1.35 million. Not including some of the projects that have been taken out of the plans since then, an “apples to apples” comparison of the cost is about $75,000 less than the original estimate, according to District Finance Director Jerry Gallagher.

The building will be about three times larger than the current concession stand.

Demolition plans may affect girls’ soccer games

Demolition of the old building is tentatively scheduled to start April 1, and the plans call for the building to be ready by this September.

The electricity will have to be shut off in that area, which includes the lights on the football/soccer field. That means once the power has been cut, the girls’ soccer team may have to change the starting time for the rest of its home games to the afternoon, instead of the evening under the lights as originally planned.

Board President Chris Malec said the schedule change will disappoint parents and family members who were planning to attend home games in the evenings.

“It’s a shame they’re finding out this late they’re not going to be able to see their daughters play,” said Malec.

Two or three home games will be played under the lights as scheduled, before the demolition work begins.

Assistant Superintendent Buddy Lloyd suggested asking the Town of Smyrna if the sports field at the municipal park on North Main Street could be used, maybe at least for the final home game, because that field has lights.

Project specifications

The new concession stand building project at the Smyrna High School football stadium includes demolition of the 1,886 square foot structure and the construction of a new 5,555 square foot building with bathrooms, ticket sales area, concession sales area, an office for referees, and storage rooms.

The building will have heating and ventilation systems.

The site work includes the building pad preparation, sidewalks, tie-ins to existing utilities, and grading integrated with the existing stormwater system.