Like many of Colorado's district football stadiums, there is a lot of nostalgia to Boulder's Christian Recht Field. One aspect of the venue that wore out its welcome long ago, however, was the press box on the south side of the stadium.
Much to the delight of district officials, the football home of both Boulder and Fairview will soon see the completion of an entirely new press box on the north side of the field. The $1.5 million project, which was funded by a 2014 bond measure, should be complete in time for the first scrimmages and games later this month.
"I agree that is was probably a long time coming for one of the premier football stadiums in the state in terms of aesthetics," Boulder Valley School District athletic director Michele DeBerry said in a phone interview this week. "To have a nice new press box, that will be more welcoming to more people, will be a great improvement and we're grateful to the community to have supported it.
"For everyone who used Recht, visiting staff or otherwise, it just was not up to par so we're thrilled to be able to build a press box that holds up to acceptable standards."
Last updated in 2012 when the field was converted from AstroPlay turf to FieldTurf, Recht will instantaneously become more user-friendly for media, coaches and game day staff.
Whereas the coaches boxes were previously neighboring rooms in the old press box, they will now sandwich both a fully functional media room and a scorer's box for the scoreboard operator and public address announcer. A filming deck will be accessible through the press box with stairs — as opposed to a ladder — and there will be an elevator to service the building, as well.
All this, and the building will actually sit right on the 50-yard line — a more functional and logical place than where the current press box was situated 10 yards to the east.
"That in itself is a huge improvement," said Boulder assistant principal Melissa Warfield, who is overseeing the project from the district's side. "I think staff, press, administration and I'm sure a lot of people even in the community will be happy about the changes, as well. It might be a little different having the press box on the north side, but it'll be well worth it."
For spectators, who also enjoy Panthers soccer and lacrosse games at the field, a new sound system will accompany the press box improvements.
The original bond measure that passed in 2014 also included allocated money to upgrade Warrior Stadium on the campus of Centaurus High School, which is the field shared by Centaurus and Monarch. Those improvements were made last summer.