WARREN - Work crews were at Warren G. Harding High School on Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the new Bleacher Jersey recently installed on the facade of Mollenkopf Stadium.
The addition is being made in partnership with Kent State University at Trumbull and is part of Warren City Schools' ongoing effort to improve facilities at Harding, athletic director Paul Trina said.
In exchange, KSU receives advertising space on the display.
Tribune Chronicle / Virginia Shank
Work crews from GameDay Renovations of Massillon put the finishing touches Wednesday on the new GameDay Bleacher Jersey at Warren G. Harding High School’s Mollenkopf Stadium. Above, workers attack PVC mesh hangings to the bleacher girders.
"When we were approached with the idea, we thought it would be a good opportunity to dress the stadium up and hang our logo," Trina said. "We're excited about the opportunity to enhance Mollenkopf Stadium and to work with the university on this project."
The district also is looking at making other improvements at the stadium and plans include the continuation of its ongoing effort to replace wooden bleachers with aluminum seating, Trina said.
Robb King, marketing coordinator at KSU Trumbull, said the campus contracted with GameDay Renovations of Massillon, which specializes in installing Bleacher Jerseys. The local university campus agreed to pay GameDay an annual fee of $9,300 a year for the Bleacher Jersey to remain at Mollenkopf. As an added benefit, the school district's athletic department will received $3,000 over the three-year period.
"I became aware of GameDay's work and we decided to work with them," King said. "They give you an opportunity to choose which school district you'd like to work with and we chose Warren. They then contacted the school district, explained the process to them and got the OK from them to move forward with the project."
Aaron Schwab, Warren City Schools' communications coordinator, designed the jersey, which is expected to be completed this summer.
On Wednesday, Trina, King and Schwab joined Warren City School Board of Education member Edward Bolino, head football coach Rick Rios and interim Superintendent Loree Richardson outside the stadium to watch workers place the Warren G. Harding Raiders name in the middle of the display.
King said KSU is confident the new Bleacher Jersey will provide the football stadium with a visual makeover that will promote pride, energy and excitement at the high school and throughout the community.
"The Kent State Trumbull brand has long been a trusted and affordable one for many decades and through this partnership, we are able to strengthen our brand awareness to Harding's students and their parents as they are considering their options for higher education," said Robert Sines, dean of Kent State Trumbull.
Schwab said he designed the jersey to complement the remainder of the campus, including the high school building and varsity house, to fit into the overall scheme of the campus and its facilities.