Prichard mayor defends approach to deteriorating municipal stadium | Mobile County Alabama News
Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner … defends the approach to Prichard Stadium.
PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – Mayor Jimmie Gardner on Friday renewed his call for a partnership with Mobile County’s school system, defending his government’s stance on the deteriorating urban stadium.
Prichard Stadium has been in the spotlight since Vigor High School announced this week that the facility’s conditions will force them to play the rest of their home football games elsewhere this season.
Gardner admitted the city has postponed maintenance of the stadium. But he justified this by pointing to declining interest in the facility – a decline that dates back to the time he was growing up and a national relay race left the venue.
The mayor lamented this drop, but added that many other basic urban services must be prioritized.
“When a stadium is under-supplied and underutilized, right? Then the citizens of this city expect you to take this income and focus on these infrastructure needs – police, fire brigade, public works, garbage and garbage and these things and these roads that urgently need to be repaired, with their income dollars. he said.
The venerable stadium has fallen into disrepair. An inoperable scoreboard and a sagging, twisted goal post are just the most visible signs of the companionway.
Gardner said partnering with the school system is the only way to solve a decades-long problem.
“This stadium has gone under for 30 or 40 years,” he said. “It wasn’t yesterday. It wasn’t that administration. It wasn’t even in the last administration. It kept getting messy over the years. “
Mobile County’s school officials are unwilling to spend money upgrading a facility that does not own the system. Reginald Crenshaw, the school board member who represents the area, told FOX10 News earlier this week that the superintendent should consider building a new stadium on Vigor’s campus.
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