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Football grandstands do double duty in Hillsboro
Visitors seating is moved after the baseball diamonds old, unsafe seats are taken down
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Grandstands from the visitors side of the football field are in place at the HillsboroTigers baseball diamond to replace older ones that have been torn down. - photo by Jack Knowles photo

Baseball fans arriving for the Tigers’ first home game of the season April 2 were pleasantly surprised when they discovered much newer and nicer grandstands in which to enjoy the ballgames.

They also may seem to be a bit familiar. That’s because they were previously used for visiting spectators of Tiger football action on the other side of the HHS football field.


Thanks to the volunteered assistance of the folks at Hillsboro Equipment, the football stands were moved to the baseball diamond after the old, and somewhat dangerous, baseball stands were taken down.

That maneuver saved the Hillsboro School District a nice piece of change. After the baseball Tigers play their season finale, the stands will be returned to the football field in time for the visiting team fans to have good seats to watch their football team be beaten by the Tigers on the gridiron.

School Superintendent Curt Bisarek said that no money was spent on the project that will assure first-class seating at both sporting events.

“The old baseball stands were deemed to be unsafe,” he stated. “This plan allows us to improve the situation without using any extra funds. We can quite easily move them back and forth, thanks to the community outreach by Hillsboro Equipment.”

He also pointed out that the plan also eliminates some safety concerns in the use of the old baseball stands. That’s a factor that always comes first in school event planning.

Many Tiger fans used to avoid the rather uncomfortable, former grandstands by bringing their own lawn chairs and setting up special “box seats” along the foul lines.

The ball players will be very happy  to see their family and fans take the time to attend the games regardless of where they sit. Besides, the Tigers are a very good bet to be more exciting than the Brewers were in their opener.