Tearing down is long over and building back up is well under way at Putnam Stadium, where workers are slated to start installing bleachers this week.

That means the storied arena soon will begin shaping up as a suitable venue for football games this fall.

The bleacher sections were on a truck over the weekend awaiting final delivery and the foundation work is substantially completed, Ashland school Superintendent Steve Gilmore said.

Installation probably will begin on the visitors’ side, the side adjacent to Verity Middle School.  The concrete piers that support the bleachers have been poured on both sides, but on the visitors’ side a layer of crushed stone has been laid down between them.

The completed bleachers will be fenced and the area beneath them inaccessible to the public.

In the end zone area, new steps are being installed and footers have been poured on each side for walls. The city is assisting with running water lines to the sprinkler system.

“A lot of things are starting to come together. Now they’re starting to do things you’re going to see,” Gilmore said.

Also delivered but not to be erected until a later date are new goal posts. The posts were donated by former Tomcat Rick Sang.

The $1.46 million rebuilding project started in January and is scheduled for completion in time for the first home football game of the 2014 season.

The bleachers will feature fold-down VIP seating, a press box, concrete walkways, fencing and lighting.

New restrooms will come in a later phase but the initial project will include preliminary plumbing for them.

New locker rooms also will be part of a future phase.

The Putnam Stadium Renovation Committee continues to raise money for future phases of reconstruction. The committee has a website, putnamstadium.com, with information on how to donate.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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