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Clean up begins at Atwood Stadium


(03/11/14) - Broom ball, and a little elbow grease in Flint, Michigan - not exactly fun in the sun, but it's how a dozen or so Virginia Tech students are spending their alternative spring break.

"It's great. We love being here and helping out the community in any way we can," said Brandon Hultin, Virginia Tech student.

Tech and Kettering students are joining forces for several projects this week, including a clean up of Mott Park and Atwood Stadium.

"This isn't exactly what I was expecting. We were expecting some work, but this is a little different that what I had envisioned, but it's still exciting," said London Docherty, Virginia Tech student.

The big project - the decluttering of Atwood's original locker rooms underneath the bleachers, which until recently hadn't been touched in more than 25 years. Let's just say - conditions are less than ideal.

"Scary, and a little wet, and chilly, but the fact of the matter is, we will get it cleaned up," said Jack Stock, Kettering external affairs director.

Stock says Kettering hopes to make the area suitable for storage, and he'd also like to see the locker rooms back in use again. Recently donated documents could help make all of that possible.

"This is the original blue prints that the construction workers used as they were on the stadium in 1929," Stock said.

As Kettering walks into this cleanup process, over the last couple of weeks, some incredible items have been found - including an original poster promoting John F. Kennedy's appearance at Atwood Stadium from back in 1960.

"It's just a remarkable walk down memory lane. I mean, great presidents have been here. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was here," Stock said.

Stock believes these pieces of the past could help pave the way for Atwood to have a long and productive future.

"We need support from the community. We've already gotten a wonderful response when we made the call for help to support the $1.8 million dollars that we'll ultimately put into this," Stock said.

Among the many plans for that cash - buying and installing new field turf, which should happen sometime over the next two years.

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