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Sanborn Central upgrades football facility

Sanborn Central School has made upgrades to its football facility, adding new bleachers for fans. (Matt Gade / Republic)

FORESTBURG—Sanborn Central High School hosts two football games this fall and fans in attendance will see a new setup.

The school has purchased new bleachers for fans during Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central games. Since the football program moved to Class 11B, Sanborn Central felt it needed to upgrade its seating or host all of the football games at Wessington Springs going forward. The new seating and expanded press box debuted Friday in the Blackhawks' loss to Mount Vernon/Plankinton.

"Our public was asked if that's something they wanted to be behind as far as us putting some funds into doing that," Sanborn Central Superintendent and High School Principal Justin Siemsen said. "We had some input that led us in the direction that said we would still have games here, because it was an option to just have games at Wessington Springs, but a large portion of our patrons spoke out."

In order to fund the new bleachers, Sanborn Central paid for most of it through the district's capital outlay fund, while also accepting a donation from the athletic booster club. Siemsen said the cost has not been finalized, but it should fall close to $80,000. An existing crows' nest on west side of the field will remain in place.

"We have had some donations from our Sanborn Central boosters club and they continue to solicit donations to add to that," Siemsen said. "... It's been school district capital outlay monies, as well as some donations from the booster club."

In previous years, Sanborn Central has allowed cars to drive up to the field so fans could watch or could roam the sidelines. Even with the additional seating, some fans will still have that option to park in the south end zone.

"There's still a little bit of area along the east side by the new stadium seating, where we could fit a few cars if they so desire," Siemsen said. "I think more or less, just that end zone where we would anticipate (cars parking) and maybe some on the opposite side of where the stadium seating is now to accommodate some people that may have needs in that way."

The Blackhawks will play in Forestburg on Sept. 21 against Chamberlain, as well.