Renderings of the proposed Tipp City stadium project are almost complete with more specific project details expected to be revealed yet this month, Sam Spano, president of the Tipp City schools’ Board of Education, told fellow board members Monday, July 10.

Spano updated the board on the stadium effort being led by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association.

The stadium construction committee comprised of Spano, schools’ Athletic Director JD Foust and Gary Pfister, schools’ director of services; City Manager Tim Eggleston; and Scott George and Tony Scott of Tipp Pride met Monday.

Allliance Engineering of Troy is finalizing the design/renderings for the stadium project at City Park. The firm was hired by Tipp Pride to develop those plans including details on structures and what each will include.

While a $5.6 million construction cost estimate still is being used, hopes are that number can be reduced in coming announcements, Spano said.

A golf outing held Monday at the Troy Country to benefit the stadium project was “successful,” Spano said.

Plans are being made to begin the project following the 2017 fall sports season, he said, with hopes that all money for the project can be raised in this campaign. The amount of fundraising done by that time will determine how much of the project is started.

“The generosity of the community and sponsors is going to dictate what we do after the fall season,” Spano said.

A press conference is expected to be held yet this month to talk about sponsorships, stadium naming rights and other project specifics, he said.

“They want to get one or two big sponsors … to get the wheels turning,” Spano said.

Board member Theresa Dunaway asked for regular updates to the board on fund-raising efforts.

Superintendent Gretta Kumpf and District Treasurer Dave Stevens have been asked to talk with the city about possible modifications of the schools’ lease with the city for the stadium at City Park, where the new stadium would be built. 

Topics will include a potential longer lease and making sure the naming rights to the new facility can be sold, Spano said.