With a donation from the Cafaro Corporation, renovations to Bo Rein Stadium at Niles McKinley High School could begin as soon as next year.
At a presentation held Friday at the stadium, Anthony Cafaro Sr. presented a check for $200,000 to the Rein Committee for the stadium renovation project.
''The city of Niles has always been special to us and our company,'' said Anthony Cafaro Sr. ''I always feel at home in Niles,'' he said. ''When I come here, I'm just one of the guys.''
Bo Rein stadium in Niles is one step closer to renovation with the gift of $200,000 from the Cafaro Company at a check presentation ceremony held Friday at the stadium. The committee is working to raise the more than $2 million needed for the renovations that will include new turf for the field, locker rooms, restrooms, scoreboard and concessions. With about $350,000 collected, the committee is expecting to begin phase one of the project in 2013. Pictured from left are: Niles Mayor Ralph A. Infante; Casey Sudzina, representing Niles soccer; Chris Parry, representing Niles football; Sarah Marino, representing Niles band; and Anthony Cafaro Sr.
The stadium was originally built in the 1930s, according to Rein Committee project manager Tim Parry. In 1966, the homeside was expanded and in 1969, the visitors side was expanded, Parry said.
The first phase of the project in planned for 2013 with the installation of new turf as well as drainage work on the site.
''It will cost almost as much for the underground work as it will for the turf,'' Parry said.
Parry said the committee to renovate the stadium has been forming for the past three or four years, but the public showed little interes. Last season, when the Niles high school homecoming football game was moved to Girard high school due to field conditions, people started to realize how bad things really are, he said.
Parry estimated the costs to be about $250,000 for the drainage work and $350,000 for the turf. With paving and fences, Parry said the first phase will cost in the neighborhood of $800,000.
''If someone dropped another $500,000 on us, we could start this year, he said.
The committee has set up an account to accept donations at Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles.
More than 15 people make up the committee that includes member of the districts booster organizations and citizens. Parry estimated the entire project, which in addition to the drainage and the turf, will include new locker rooms, concessions, press box and restrooms, to be in the neighborhood of $2.5 million. So far the committee has raised about $350,000 including the Cafaro donation.
Last week, the committee accepted a donation of $25,000 from the Niles Area Business Council and the Regional Chamber.
''We feel comfortable being in Niles,'' Cafaro said. ''This donation to the students and athletes is for all of you, whom we consider to be our true friends,'' he said.