Mexico Bulldogs debut new press box at Friday's football game

6 years 1 month 3 days ago Thursday, August 21 2014 Aug 21, 2014 Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:01:00 PM CDT August 21, 2014 in Sports
By: Mary Kate Burgess, KOMU 8 Sports
loading

MEXICO, MO - The facilities at Hawthorne Heights are immaculate.  However, there used to be an eyesore right above the football field that had been there since 1992.  

The old press box at Mexico High School was "full of mold, structurally the integrity of it had be compromised over the years, decay, rot, water that had leaked down into it over the course of time," Mitch Ridgway, Director of Operations at Mexico High School said. 

The old press box was originally constructed of two construction trailers that were connected together. 

"It also wasn't big enough for our purposes," Ridgway said. "It was about half the size we needed it to be." 

The new press box is a beautiful white color with red trim and the school's name emblazoned on top. Ridgway said the vision for the press box was safety and for it to last. 

"Well, first we wanted it to look a lot better than the old one did," Ridgway said with a chuckle. "And we wanted it to be safe." 

Ridgway and Athletic Director Jeff Anderson said the planning process of the press box project took three or four years before they were able to get to the building stage. 

"We looked at the old structure and decided that the old structure just couldn't be repaired," Ridgway said. "It was going to be more cost effective to replace it." 

The total cost of the project was $237,000 dollars, but $104,000 of that money was donated by various non-profit organizations in the community. 

The new press box is two stories, with a view of the softball field from the back.  There are rooms for visiting radio hosts, scouts, and media members.  

Anderson said he was excited for the football, softball and track and field teams to be able to use the new press box. 

"The Hawthorne Heights complex is just unbelievably amazing," Anderson said. "Great track, great football facility, and now a great press box." 

Both Ridgway and Anderson expressed their sentiments about how the community has come together and how they hope this press box will do great things for the future. 

"I'm hoping it will be a thing that will last for 50 years," Ridgway said. "It was expensive to do but it's something that is designed to last." 

Anderson echoed those remarks and added that the community is very good at supporting all the programs at Mexico High School. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri First Lady Teresa Parson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Kelli Jones, Gov. Parson's Communications... More >>
36 minutes ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:44:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
KENTUCKY- One of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville home has been... More >>
40 minutes ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:40:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle that previously was reported stolen... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:47:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. The American... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:32:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
MISSOURI- As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. The... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — The Uncle Ben’s rice brand is getting a new name: Ben’s Original. Parent firm Mars... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:53:07 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
(CNN) — Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine candidate begins Phase 3 trials in the United States today. Trials for the... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:32:15 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
(CNN) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:49:10 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
Columbia City Council approves changes to trash, recycling pickup Trash and recycling workers urged the Columbia City Council during... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:30:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The American Red Cross's blood drive gives back to the community and gives back to donors with important... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools district tracker reported Monday that the 14-day case rate per 10,000 for the CPS... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:34:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – College football season is back and the Missouri Tigers will take on Alabama this Saturday. In-person attendance... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:48:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Trash and recycling workers urged Columbia City Council during Monday night's meeting to consider the staffing shortages and... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:23:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - It's been several weeks since the University of Missouri semester began. Several MU students said they haven't been... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:52:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Rock Bridge Hy-Vee had a drive-thru event for the community Tuesday, where anyone could come and pick... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Head Football Coach Eli Drinkwitz confirmed seven players will be out for Saturday's game due to COVID-19... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in Sports
(CNN) -- Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Alex Villanueva for a photo leak... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:03:57 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- There are more than 900,000 Missouri residents who experience a mental illness each year, including nearly 200,000 who experience... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, September 22 2020 Sep 22, 2020 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:26:00 PM CDT September 22, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
2pm 73°
3pm 74°
4pm 74°
5pm 74°