Renovations expected to be completed in mid to late January
Stadium project running behind schedule
AMHERST - Renovations to the Amherst Stadium are a little behind schedule, but officials with the Town of Amherst are not about to panic.
"We were looking at around Christmas as a completion date originally, but now we're looking at mid to late January,' Community and Economic Development director Roger MacIsaac said. "With an old building like a 50-year-old stadium we find things as we demolish that we didn't know were there. That holds us back to a certain degree."
MacIsaac said there was an issue with the floor at the front of the building while there was one piece of steel that with years of salting the parking lot had rusted out a bit.
"They weren't major issues and won't delay us a tremendous amount of time, but we thought that once the building was open we should do it now, rather than later," MacIsaac said. "The worst part is over with the demolition being completed. Now, you're seeing progress every day."
Despite the delay, MacIsaac said everyone is optimistic the project will be completed as quickly as possible. He said the town was well aware there would be disruptions during the winter hockey and skating season, but he said contractors have done a great job minimizing the impact.
"We've been able to maintain operations. The ice is hard and we've been getting good comments from those using the rink," he said. "Everyone's anxious to see the front of the building completed. To some it's like watching paint dry, but it's going to be a huge improvement over what was there before."
Renovations to the stadium represent the third and final phase of a multi-year project that has included new dressing rooms and washrooms, a new ice slab along with new glass and boards and new front area that will include new offices, a walking track and viewing areas looking over the ice surface.