Construction alters Parkston football schedule

PARKSTON--The 2018 football season kicks off in less than two weeks, but the renovations at the Parkston High School football stadium are not quite ready yet.


PARKSTON-The 2018 football season kicks off in less than two weeks, but the renovations at the Parkston High School football stadium are not quite ready yet.

Parkston's activities director Leslie Rylance said Monday that the first two home games of the season will be moved to alternate locations thanks to construction delays, namely due to the new bleachers not being shipped.

A malfunction in the ordering system has caused the delay, which means Parkston hopes to have the new 976-seat grandstand for the Sept. 14 game against Platte-Geddes.

"There was a glitch in the processing system," Rylance said. "They are being produced in Texas and there was some problem with the ordering system."

Parkston was originally scheduled to open the season at home on Aug. 17 against Bon Homme, but that game has been switched to an away game instead. Rylance anticipated the situation and worked with Bon Homme to switch the game and host it in Tyndall.


"We knew the first game would be an issue and have been working with Bon Homme to accommodate our situation," Rylance said. "The second home game is an issue. We were expecting that to be finalized and for that to be the opening kickoff in our new stadium, however last week, we got bad news from the bleacher company, stating that we would not be able to have bleachers installed. Since then, we've been working alternative plans."

The current plan for the Aug. 31 game against Kimball/White Lake is to play the game at Mitchell's Joe Quintal Field, although those plans have not been set in stone, according to Rylance. Neither Mitchell or Dakota Wesleyan University have scheduled home games that weekend, presumably making the field available.

Parkston has looked into a variety of different options, including ones that would keep the game at home, but Rylance said the field would still be a construction site and the primary concern was to keep people safe.

The issue is scheduled to be discussed further at next Monday's Parkston School Board meeting.

"We were just kind of weighing our options with the area schools and trying to give our fans and athletes a good experience," Rylance said. "The kids are already losing two home games of their season - some of those circumstances are out of our control - but we want to make them have a positive experience in a bad situation."

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