Backstop Improves Renovation Project
Maple Stadium sits as a unique gem in high school athletics. The home of Adrian School District’s Maples, it was named by the Detroit Free Press as one of the 10 best places to watch a high school football game. It was designed in 1953, by the very first Adrian athletic director, Cliff Nelson. This historic stadium remains an active fixture of the community and the heart of school spirit.
Looking to the present, upgrades and renovations were badly needed. Through fundraising and a bond proposal stadium improvements such as new lights, new restroom facilities, a team room, and a new concession stand were added.
Unfortunately, spectators were in potential danger of being hit by a stray football- especially at the concession stand. The solution were backstops behind the goal posts. Similar to the ones used in baseball fields, these backstops literally add a layer of safety. Each backstop is comprised of 40′ x 40′ netting with 4″ square mesh, 45’6″ powder coated steel poles, 48″ ground sleeves with caps, and the perimeter of each net is bound with nylon rope.
We were able to install these in for the September 8th rededication of the stadium for the very grateful Maple fans.