Students and committee members from Youngstown City Schools in Ohio gathered together to celebrate the start of $3m facelift at Rayen Stadium.

The 1924-built facility will be equipped with synthetic turf and lighting fixtures following the renovation. There will also be creation of locker rooms, concession area, press box, as well as storage and parking space as part of the project.

Work includes creating public toilets along with installation of upgraded seating facilities. The new seats will have a capacity to house 7,000 fans.

Rev Dr Lewis Macklin, involved with the project said: “This is about bringing back pride to our student athletes and our schools in general. The new Rayen Stadium will provide a gathering place for our student body and their parents, families and friends that we have not had in the city schools for many years.”

Nearly $1.7m has already been raised for the refurbishment works with funds of $1 million contributed by the city school board. The city school board fund has been procured via the sale of bonds as part of the Ohio School Facilities Commission project to reconstruct school buildings.

The project is due to begin by April 2012 and be completed by mid-August 2012.

Posted on 16/03/2012