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Where will fans sit? Problem at stadium has school looking at options for next home game

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WELLINGTON, Ohio-- There are stadium safety concerns in the Wellington School District.

Tuesday night, the Wellington Dukes Junior high football team played the Black River Pirates at Wellington Stadium.

But the stands were empty. Fans and parents lined the sidelines.

"At our last home game, maintenance came up to me on the sideline and said, 'hey we have an issue,'" said Superintendent Dennis Mock.

One of the footboards broke in the bleachers when a man was walking to his seat.

"The bleachers were put in the 1970s, so the weather has deteriorated the boards," said Mock.

Fortunately, the school had their insurance assessment scheduled for last week.

Inspectors came and deemed the bleachers unsafe.

"So, what are we going to do with our fans at our next high school home game?  One option is to bring in portable bleachers.  The other would be to move the game.  The third would be to have the parents bring in lawn chairs or stand for the entire game," said Mock.

The Dukes have a road game this Friday but are scheduled to host Black River on Friday, October 30, so the school has less than two weeks to figure out what they are going to do.

"We don't know what option we are going to use but we are going to try and have the game at home because it is senior night," said Mock.

There were no injuries when the man stepped on the broken board.

The visitor's side bleachers are aluminum so they don't have to be replaced.

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