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Kingston renovations hit unexpected hurdle

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - From the field to the stands...Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids is undergoing the biggest facelift in its 57-year history.

"It hasn't really had any upgrades at all in its history so it's about time," said stadium manager Matt Dunbar.

But a couple weeks ago the project hit an unexpected hurdle.

"The safety fence that's behind me is very close to the track and we just felt that it was a huge safety issue for the runners that would be in lane one," said Dunbar.

"That was the day that kind of the light went on in our heads where it's like uh-oh, we have a problem if we don't have lane one," said Jefferson High School Athletic Director Scott Kibby.

No lane track meets. Suddenly, Jefferson, Washington and Kennedy High schools all had to look elsewhere.

"And so everybody's kind of scrambling to find a different place here in town," said Kibby.

Kingston is still Jefferson's home for practice. But distance runners have been relegated to the parking lot thanks to a makeshift roadway blocking the track.

"Is it an incovenience? Yes. Is it hard? Yes. Some days you're kinda pulling your hair, what I got left, yes," said Jefferson boys' track coach Ron Tower.

The J-Hawks home meet this weekend will be at Linn-Mar. Last week they called Xavier home. Not easy to jump around, but knowing what's coming makes it worth all the trouble.

"We have a little short-term pain to kind of have that long-term gain," said Kibby.

"People come to Kingston and they make an impression, they have an impression of Cedar Rapids or our district based on that stadium," said Tower. "So let's make it the best possible."

Renovations are scheduled to be finished on August 2nd. The first game at the newly renovated Kingston will be between the Jefferson and Xavier football teams on August 27th.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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