Cuyahoga Falls to host home football games, move soccer, other sports

Home football games and other fall sporting events will continue at Cuyahoga Fall High School’s stadium this season even though the end zone bleachers are condemned.

However, some sports teams, including soccer and track and field, are temporarily moving to other area schools when work begins this fall for the district’s new middle/high school and multi-use athletic stadium.

There are currently no plans to repair or replace the unusable bleacher section in the stadium, said Kenny Johnson, athletic director for Cuyahoga Falls.

The condemned bleacher area previously housed the student section and marching band during home football games.

“The loss in seating capacity does not affect us too much. We can now seat around 6,000 individuals, which still makes us one of Ohio’s larger high school football stadiums,” Johnson said.

The end zone bleachers have not been in use since the 2020-21 academic year.

Problems in the section include chairs that need replacing, rotting wooden stairs and a foundation that needs rebuilt.

Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Director Kenny Johnson, right and Director of Business and Operations Joseph Bagatti, left, discuss some of the structural concerns of the end zone bleachers including the foundation at Clifford Stadium.

The Cuyahoga Falls School District is in the process of building a new middle and high school building, which will be built on the land currently occupied by nearby Bolich Middle School and Newberry Elementary School. Part of this plan includes a proposed new athletic stadium, which the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers will eventually call home.

Demolition of Bolich and Newberry will begin this fall, with a planned opening of the new facility for the 2025-26 school year.

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