CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – High winds that blew through the area Monday evening during a thunderstorm brought down one of the four light towers at the Campbell Memorial High School football stadium.
The stadium was rebuilt 12 years ago and that project included replacing the light towers.
School officials were actually meeting inside the high school building when the power went out around 7:30 p.m. A maintenance worker came inside and said one of the light towers had been sheared at the base and had collapsed on top of the stadium’s bleachers.
“There is significant damage structurally to the underside of the stadium, the seats, the fence above,” Campbell Schools Superintendent Matthew Bowen said.
Fortunately, no one was in the stadium when the storm happened. But the light tower took down the fence at the top of the grandstand. It damaged several of the bleachers when it collapsed and also bent some of the support structures underneath the grandstand.
Campbell City Schools have closed the stadium indefinitely for all activities. They are leaving the damage in place until an insurance representative can come down and assess the cost.
“We do want to go and further test, evaluate the current poles, and if necessary make modifications or replacements to guarantee future safety in the stadium,” Bowen said.
He said the light towers were tested for defects in 2009 and all four passed.
“Our primary concern is always the safety of our community and our children here in the district,” Bowen said.