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New track, scoreboard await Legends Stadium

Published On: Jun 18 2013 10:45:50 PM MDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2013 10:52:29 PM MDT

Kalispell's Legends Stadium has seen its share of wear and tear from Glacier and Flathead High School athletes. Now, the school district is moving forward with several renovations to give the complex a facelift.

It's a sports complex that has seen many champions walk pass through its gates, but we discovered Legends Stadium in Kalispell is aging, and that includes its scoreboard and track.

"When you build a facility you can't just forget about it," said Flathead Booster president Trina Stivers. "You have to maintain it and put more money into it as far as improvements go."

A track's lifespan is normally 10 years, but NBC Montana learned it's now 13 years old - so it's seen a lot of foot traffic.

"The rubber is coming away from the surface, the hard surface which is asphalt beneath that," said Glacier Activities Director Mark Dennehy. "And when that's happened we've had to put in a number of repairs.

The repairs, Dennehy said, are no longer cost effective. So the district is dipping into it's athletic contingency fund with help from the booster clubs to pay for a new track and scoreboard, costing close to $200,000.

"Any time there's a surface irregularity you have the chance for injury. We want to try to mitigate that," said Dennehy.

Stivers and Dennehy hope these renovations will improve the fan and athlete experience at Legends.

"If they are practicing on quality equipment with quality equipment it does help them know what's in store for their future," said Stivers.

"There's a lot of tradition, lot of history and we're just trying to keep the facility up to grade," explained Dennehy.