Posted on: January 21, 2017

Tatlock Field Bleacher Replacement


Investors Bank Field Project Construction Update 5/01/17

As of today, the visitors side bleachers are open for use as well as the home auxiliary side bleachers.  There are some finishing items left to do on both locations however they are available for use while work continues.  The entire project will be finished in time for graduation on June 22, 2017.  If you would like to see how the press box was installed, take a look at this video.

Investors Bank Field Project Construction Update 04/06/17

The bleacher and press box replacement project at Investors Bank Field in Summit continues despite a weather delay in the pouring of concrete footings. The project remains on schedule with bleachers on both sides of the field, press box and sound system complete in time for Summit High School graduation in late June.

To keep the project on schedule, contractors continue to work through recent snow and rain conditions, laying the new aluminum planks and footboards on both the visitors and home sides of the field.

As each section of bleachers is completed and passes the necessary inspections, it will be opened for public use. Visitor-side bleachers are expected to be complete by the third week of April. Home-side bleachers will be installed and inspected sometime in May. The new press box will arrive in early May for installation. The new sound system has been installed.

During sporting events until construction is complete, spectators are able to access a set of temporary bleachers on the visitor-side of the field or stand along the exterior track throughout the facility. An additional area for viewing during games will be established on the track and delineated by barricades.

Please obey all construction signs and do not to climb on fenced-off bleachers to avoid injury.  Spectators are encouraged to wear boots as construction during rainy weather has resulted in muddy conditions. Please note: Any damage to grass during the project will be repaired by the contractor.

 The end result of the project will be seating that meets all necessary codes in attractive Summit maroon team colors. The new press box will be a practical addition for game observation and video recording, and include a new sound system that can provide music and wireless communication with the field.

Original Article That Appeared In January 2017

In 2016, the artificial turf on the field was replaced after 11 years of use with a high quality product manufactured by Desso Industries that until this installation was only used on professional fields.

Next on the agenda for long term improvements are the bleachers and press box at the field.

The firm of Cypreco Industries of Neptune, NJ was awarded the contract to replace all of the bleachers in the stadium as well as the press box. The cost of the replacement project is

$ 740,823.00. Funding was provided through the City’s Capital Improvement Budget, a grant through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund and the City’s Field Restoration Fund. Cypreco Industries is experienced in this type of project having successfully completed projects throughout New Jersey.

The old bleachers have served spectators well but it’s time for a change in order to meet current ADA requirements and national codes. The project was designed by Tom Miller of Premiere Product Design. PPD was also responsible for the successful design and construction of the new tennis complex at Tatlock Park.

The new bleachers and press box will proudly exhibit Summit pride in utilizing Hilltopper maroon in the design. The new bleachers and press box will be great compliment to the new artificial turf and sound system at Investors Bank Field.

Demolition of the existing bleachers has begun on the visitor’s side of the stadium and will be the first area completed to provide seating as soon possible for spring sports. The project will then move to the home team side with a goal of being complete in time for the SHS Class of 2017 Graduation.

Residents are asked to please respect the marked construction areas and heed the warning signs for their own safety. During construction the field and track will be open and available to residents and sports organizations. This project is heavily reliant on weather conditions and phasing needed to accommodate a busy athletic schedule. Cypreco Industries is committed to working around the weather conditions to ensure a successful outcome.

Residents with questions about the project are welcome to contact jcolucci@cityofsummit.org

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