Vassar bleachers fail inspection leading to closure to fans

VASSAR, Mich. (WJRT) - (9/1/2017) - Football fans at Vassar High School will be welcoming in their first home game tonight a little different than normal -- with no bleachers.

But one local business did their best to soften the blow of losing their bleachers with a generous donation.

The bleachers have been completely roped off, meaning fans will have to move their cheering section on to the track.

"They were deemed unfit, that we could not use them," says Vassar Athletic Director Jamie Strauss. "We don't have the official report yet, but he just said that they were unsafe and we could not have people on them."

That's when the ropes came out, keeping people away from the bleachers deemed to dangerous to sit on.

"Even last year, during a game, I had some maintenance that had to be done because one of the boards cracked," Strauss said. "We had to have someone come out while the game was going on, so it was one of those things where, we have done our general maintenance, and it just came down to one more winter. It did them in."

For parents, this news comes as a shock.

"You go to a football game, you want to be in the stands," said Steve Nott, the father of a Vassar football player. "You want to be cheering for your son or daughter doing cheerleading. It is what it is, I'm very disappointed in it though."

After an outpouring of support on social media, news spread to Frankenmuth, where Bavarian Bleachers decided to step in.

"You help out the community, you just do that for different communities," said Amy Smock, general manager of Bavarian Bleachers. "We just said we were going to bring some bleachers out. So we came out took a look and so we're donating two sets of XL bleachers."

"That was huge, this morning to know that we had some seating to provide for our people," says Strauss.

But until new bleachers can be purchased, home football games will remain BYOLC -- bring your own lawn chairs -- and keep fans a little closer to the action than usual.

According to the Vassar Public Schools Facebook page, they will be waiving the entrance fee for games during this season due to the inconvenience.

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