GRAND JUNCTION, Col.
Big changes are coming to Lincoln Park Stadium soon and it takes a lot of money to make it happen. “CMU has already offered $2.5 million for this 25-year project, and we’re only asking for that now, and to be repaid in 13 years,” said Darren Coltrinari, JUCO’s chief operating officer.
What started as an $8 million plan in 2019 has turned into a $10.5 million plan that will be completed in 2022. Coltrinari says, “2020 is here. It’s like that. It increased the cost of materials, it increased the budget.
JUCO, School District 51, CMU, and the city are all helping pay for the base project plan, including demolition, foundations, and new grandstands at Suplizio and Stocker, and that’s not even the best part. “In 2022 we are going to have new bleachers,” Coltrinari said.
Part of the renovation plan includes replacing the 3,000 third side of the baseline bleachers at Suplizio, including 1,000 new back seats behind home plate and $800,000 to replace the outfield. Coltrinari says, “We’re going to have new entry places, we’re going to have audio/visual, we need some upgrades, and that’s a facade. Plus, all electrical and asphalt replacement, new concessions and new toilets. Construction is scheduled to begin September 20 and be completed in May 2022. “You step into a fall football game, Friday night lights in 2022, it will be a whole new experience. Same thing for baseball, it’s going to be a whole new experience,” Coltrinari said.
The City Council has scheduled another meeting to discuss the replacement of the outfield, LED stadium lights for both pitches, a new football building and possibly a new training ground. Former CMU president Tim Foster said at the city council meeting that CMU would pay $2.5 million to $2.8 million for the football building and the city would pay $500,000 for the keep.