Athletes in the Liverpool school district haven't had home field advantage since the fall of 2007.
But that's about to change.
On Thursday voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to revamp the stadium at Liverpool High School (3,684 in favor, 1,474 against). The $5.8 million proposal will be funded through state aid, the district's capital reserve fund and its turf replacement fund, meaning it will have no local tax impact.
District voters had previously rejected the stadium renovation plans twice. The approved proposal was scaled down from those presented to voters in February and June of 2008, calling for a new turf field, new track, replacement of the drainage and other underpinnings of the field and track and new bleachers.
Joe Unangst, who is a member of both the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education and the district's Stadium Committee, was thrilled to see the project pass.
"I would like to say that I appreciate all of the effort that went into this referendum; the other board members who voted to use capital reserve money to make the project a zero tax increase; [Interim Athletic Director] Mark Potter who worked with the committee to propose a fiscally responsible referendum and worked relentlessly to get the facts out; Jim Stoddard and Jackie Samora who led the committee to communicate the facts of the referendum; the entire committee for their time and effort; and I am most grateful to the voters who overwhelmingly approved a well-structured referendum," Unangst said. "It is now our obligation to assure this project meets the expectations of the voters and is built on-time and on-budget in a proper fashion so that generations of Liverpool students and citizens can appreciate what has been provided by the taxpayers. So thanks to all, I look forward to being there with all of our proud citizens of Liverpool when our Road Warriors come home!"