New Eureka High gymnasium on target to open later this year

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By Ray Hamill — Construction on the new Eureka High School gymnasium is on schedule, according to new AD Ed Sonia, while work on Albee Stadium could begin as soon as this summer.

The new Jay Willard Gymnasium is set to open in time to host the 2022 Loggers Classic in December, and that is still the target date.

“They’re on track,” said Sonia, who took over as Loggers AD a few months ago.

The schedule surrounding the construction at Albee Stadium and the school baseball field is less certain, but Sonia is hoping the eight-month project can begin as soon as this summer.

“I’m hoping, in my perfect world, they’ll break ground in August or sometime in the summer,” he said.

The goal is to have the stadium ready for the 2023 football and soccer seasons.

With severe drainage problems stretching the length of the field and across Del Norte Street into the school’s baseball field, a new synthetic field will be installed at Albee Stadium, as well as a new baseball field.

The facility upgrades will also include a new track and new bathrooms, as well as renovations to the locker rooms and the press box.

It is uncertain yet where the Loggers will play their home football games this fall.

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  1. Too bad JWG was not redone due to higher costs…but on the bright side, the student body, campus gets early 21st Century modernization. EHS has needed these upgrades for decades.

    Too bad natural turf modernization for the Stadium is not used…synthetic sucks… rain and mud not so bad when drainage is effective…


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