Renovated McConnell-Talbert Ready for Concert

6:35 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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McConnell-Talbert Stadium is more than a place to play football.

Since it opened its gates in 1971, it has become a community center for Warner Robins, hosting fund raisers, the senior and special Olympics, and the Independence Celebration.

It's undergone $3 million worth of renovations in the past few months. Sunday night, concertgoers will see its facelift for the first time.

A few days before the big show, crews left no detail to chance.

Facilities Director for Houston County Jason Daniel said, "Everybody's in clean-up mode."

He said when renovations on McConnell-Talbert began, the Independence Celebration wasn't on the calendar.

Daniel said, "We didn't think it was going to happen, but at the beginning, we self imposed this deadline, just in case."

It's now ready to welcome the 10,000-plus that typically attend the concert, as well as the football fans arriving this fall.

Daniel said, "We had some code issues we needed to take care of as far as handicap accessibility and ramps into the building."

They added 50 handicap seats, bringing the total on the home and visitors side to 70.

Daniel said, "We replaced all the lighting on site. We've got better lighting on the field, all the dark areas everyone is used to when they come out here, they're lit up now."

There are now brick facades, new fencing, landscaping, a makeover of all the restrooms and a fresh look at the entrance gate.

Daniel said, "That's completely redone. We took down the old ticket booth."

They added a visitors side press box to relieve the cramped quarters on the home side. Daniel said, "When we have the Warner Robins-Northside game, it's going to give everybody their space to work from, instead of being on top of one another."

Daniel said the only work left to do is laying down a new track. They wanted to do that after the concert, so it didn't get damaged by foot traffic. That will go down July 17th.

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