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Did Ike cause Port Neches-Groves football to delay the opening of its new stadium?
By CHRISTOPHER DABE
September, 11, 2008

The opening of Port Neches-Groves' new, $10.2 million stadium might be delayed another two weeks because of construction delays caused by Hurricane Ike, PN-G coach Matt Burnett said Tuesday.

Burnett and other school officials will meet with the construction officials at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss pushing the home opener from Oct. 10 against Livingston to Oct. 24 against Lumberton.

Still incomplete are the stadium's press box, home-side concourse under the bleachers and concession stands.

"What we're going to look at is what are the basics that we have to have for a ballgame to be played," said Tom Neild, vice president of Beaumont's H.B. Neild & Sons Inc., the stadium construction contractor. "Anything beyond that, we'll make a decision about if we want to tackle that or not (Wednesday)."

The stadium might open Oct. 10 without a completed press box or concession stands.

"The concession stands could be ready but might not be selling hot dogs, but they'll still sell bottled Cokes and packaged peanuts and those kinds of things," Neild said. "Ticket booths might be open but not have an electronic cash register, but they'll still do it the old-fashioned way. We're willing to do what is needed to do to accomplish a game being played as soon as possible."

The stadium sustained minor press box damage during the storm, Neild said. Metal framing on the press box windows got bent and have been replaced.

How the storm impacted the construction budget cannot be determined until the stadium is complete, he said.

The Indians already had one scheduled home game moved to another site. The team's District 20-4A opener against Little Cypress-Mauriceville, rescheduled from Friday to Sept. 30, will be played at LC-M. PN-G had been set to play that game at Port Arthur's Memorial Stadium, but the stadium's parking lot is being used as a staging area for emergency relief workers.

No alternate location for the Oct. 10 game has been picked, Burnett said.

"We'll have to wait and see what they say (Wednesday)," Burnett said.

Included in the meeting will be Burnett, Neild, PN-G Superintendent Lani Randall, PN-G high school Principal Marc Keith, Scotty Lewis of engineering firm LANWalton and architect J. Luis DelValle of SHW Group in Houston.

Also discussed at the meeting will be Ike's impact on the construction of two middle schools.

"(The stadium is) a priority because it's a major and still-important project that we have been trying to stay on a timeline with, but we have to take crews down for so many days during the hurricane," Randall said.

Among other Ike-related concerns for Randall are roof and window damages at schools thorough the district.

"We've had a quite a bit of repairs to the whole district," she said. "But this is not as devastating as Rita."

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lets play the game at home!!!!!
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It wouldn't be popular with this year's senior players but I'd choose to play the first game in a 100% completed stadium.  Even if that meant next season.
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The stadium is looking good but I am disappointed in the progress H.B. Neild & Sons has made during the construction. I drive by there daily and never see more than 6 to 10 workers at any given time. To me with a timeline you'd have more workers.

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Are the workers available?  I hear that the labor pool here is depleted.  Add to that PNG's other projects, the other districts that have passed bonds, and the refinery expansions.  The labor we see at the stadium may be all that is available.

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Maybe they're hiring.
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Date for Port Neches-Groves' first home football game cemented; Central-Vidor game location moved
By CHRISTOPHER DABE
September, 24, 2008

Matt Burnett had more than his football players in mind when the decision was made to keep the Port Neches-Groves' home opening game at Oct. 10.

"It will be good for the kids," said Burnett, PN-G's head football coach. "Not just the players, but the band, the Indianettes and everyone else. These seniors need a chance to be on this field."

Burnett and other school and construction officials met Wednesday to discuss moving the team's first game in its rebuilt, $10.2 million stadium from Oct. 10 against Livingston to Oct. 24 against Lumberton because of construction delays caused by Hurricane Ike.

By keeping Oct. 10 as the opening-game date, PN-G will keep its homecoming at home and will allow for three home games this season. The third is Nov. 7 against Central.

The press box will not be complete and the video screen on the scoreboard will not show replays during the first game, Burnett said. The concession stands will not be equipped to cook food but will sell heated food brought in by vendors, he added.

The video board should be ready for Oct. 24 game, Burnett said.

"It's going to be a big day for the kids to be able to play at home," Burnett said. "The focus has to be on the kids."

* West Brook football coach Craig Stump said he has a tentative agreement for his team to play a non-district game Oct. 3 against Clear Creek.

Clear Creek (1-1) is scheduled to play a district game that day against Galveston Ball but could be left with an open date if Ball does not field a team after Hurricane Ike ravaged the island.

Stump said Katy Mayde Creek, Kingwood and Houston Chavez all turned down offers to play West Brook.

The Bruins (2-0) last played Sept. 6 and had three games canceled by Ike. For now, West Brook's next game is Oct. 10 in a District 21-5A opener at Channelview.

* Central and Vidor will open District 20-4A play against each other Tuesday at Vidor, Beaumont ISD athletic director Rodney Saveat said. The game is moved from Beaumont's Zaharias Stadium because the stadium is being used as a staging area for emergency relief efforts.

* District 21-3A Executive Director Mike Gentry said he does not expect any significant changes made in the district's football schedule when the executive committee meets Thursday in Beaumont.

The committee will hammer out a revised volleyball schedule after Hurricane Ike caused the cancellation of several matches.

"I don't think we'll have to do football changes unless we change games from Friday to Saturday because of lights," Gentry said.

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PN-G school district approves hurricane payments for employees, takes look at stadium readiness
By GREG HAYES
September, 26, 2008

PORT NECHES - The Port Neches-Groves school board on Friday agreed to pay its employees for evacuation days from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The board included contract and at-will workers, Superintendent Lani Randall said.

"We want our employees to do what is right for the well-being of their families," Randall said. "That is a top priority. This was beyond their control and we don't want to discourage them down the road from doing what is best for them and their families."


The board also approved the request for a waiver of 10 instructional days from Sept. 11 to Sept. 23 that will be sent to the Texas Education Agency commissioner for approval.

Looking forward, the board discovered that although the football stadium will be available for the Oc.t 10 homecoming game, services will be limited.

LanWalton consultant group personnel said concession capabilities will be limited, temporary handrails will be in place by the ramps, the elevator will not be in operation, the jumbo-tron on the scoreboard will not be functional and the press box will not be completed for some time.

Restrooms will be functioning on both the home and visitors' sides of the field, according to the consultant's' report.