WASHINGTON TERRACE – For 54 years, the Bonneville High School gymnasium has included the same wooden bleachers.
It was time for a change, and now the school is getting it.
The old wooden bleachers have been torn down and will be replaced with state-of-the-art bleachers that are made of a blue industrial plastic similar to what was installed over 15 years ago on the gymnasium’s balcony.
“Our district does a good job of checking to make sure we stay up to date with good facilities, and we got an opportunity to get these new bleachers, so I think they’re going to be really nice,” Bonneville principal Ray Long said. “I think it’s great for our fans because a lot of people come to our basketball games or to events in the gym and you want them to have good bleachers.”
Although the new bleachers will be more aesthetically pleasing, they will also resolve a safety issue, according to Long.
“These bleachers have good safety rails on them,” Long said. “Our old bleachers didn’t really have safety rails, so that’s kind of scary when you get a lot of patrons in the gym.”
The new bleachers will be built on both sides of the gymnasium.
The process of taking down the old bleachers and installing the new ones, which started last week, will take a couple of weeks, according to Long.
Bonneville athletic director and girls basketball coach Mike Russell is also excited about the upgrade.
“It’s nice to be able to accommodate all who come to our gym and (want to) to enjoy a game,” Russell said. “We’re looking forward to it. I know I speak for (boys basketball) coach (Jason) Finder, too. He’s excited for it.”
According to Nate Taggart, spokesperson for the Weber School District, the cost of the bleachers is $79,200 with the funds coming out of the district’s capital budget.