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Renovation of Dietz Stadium almost complete, mayor’s office says – Daily Freeman

Work on the stands at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, NY, could be seen on Tuesday afternoon, December 26, 2023. (Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman, File)

KINGSTON, NY — The multi-million dollar renovation project at Dietz Stadium is nearly 70% complete, according to an announcement by Kingston Mayor Steven Noble.

The announcement said that most of the work on the stadium was “expected to be completed in time for the fall sports events and home games beginning in September,” with only the interior of the stands expected to be completed in October.

The announcement said that rock removal was complete. More than 200 truckloads of rock had been removed from the construction site. In addition, the stadium’s turf was finished and the track should be completed in the second week of July.

There is still work to be done in several areas, including the foundations for the scoreboard and field lighting, the exterior cladding and the roof of the home stadium, the announcement said. Electrical work also still needs to be done, with full commissioning planned for early August.

Work on the stadium began in 2023, kicking off an ambitious $20 million redevelopment of the complex. The project was kick-started with a $2.5 million state grant, followed by two state grants for green infrastructure improvements to the parking lot and surrounding driveway. One grant was for $1.5 million from the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the other was for $1 million from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In 2021, Kingston City Council unanimously approved borrowing up to $13.4 million to finance the project, with the Kingston City School District contributing toward the cost.

Kingston High School’s athletic teams, which regularly played at Dietz Stadium, had their 2023 fall season at Rondout Valley High School in Accord during renovations, while the school’s boys and girls lacrosse teams played their spring competitions at M. Clifford Miller Middle School in Lake Katrine.

The Kingston Stockade FC men’s soccer team, which plays in the semi-professional National Premier Soccer League, will play its entire 2024 season, which runs from May to July, at Marist College’s Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie during renovations. Stockade also played its 2023 season in Poughkeepsie.

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