PEOTONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Pavilion would be latest improvement to Joliet stadium
Peotone Chamber Of Commerce issued the following announcement on May 12.
Joliet Route 66 Stadium could get another new feature if the city approves a proposed pavilion.
The pavilion, which would go next to a concession stand in the left-field area, would be an asset for soccer games and other sports played during the fall, council member Pat Mudron said.
“We could provide concessions there and some tables to eat at under the pavilion,” he said.
Mudron heads the Joliet City Council Stadium Committee, which will review the pavilion proposal during a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Off-season improvements at the stadium make soccer a bigger possibility now that artificial turf has been installed and the outfield wall has been pushed back to accommodate a regulation soccer field.
The stadium on Saturday will be the site of an all-day soccer event that includes a Joliet United Soccer club game at 7 p.m.
Joliet Slammers General Manager Heather Mills said the stadium has hosted youth soccer games before, but this is the first regulation soccer game at the stadium since at least 2013, when she joined the organization.
“We’re excited to see what else the stadium can do,” Mills said. “From what I hear, this is a pretty good game.”
The Slammers, the baseball team that plays at the stadium, manages the facility for the city, which owns it.
Artificial turf was installed in the off-season for the purpose of attracting more events. The turf can sustain more activity than natural grass.
The stadium could accommodate youth soccer in the past because it allows for a smaller field. But a regulation field required moving back the outfield walls to create more space.
The turf and wall project cost $1.6 million.
The pavilion planned for the left-field area would be installed during the season. The Slammers home opener is Tuesday.
The cost of the pavilion has been estimated at $30,000 to $40,000, Mudron said. It would be similar to a park pavilion.
Other off-season improvements at the stadium have included:
• Eight-foot high security fencing with a curled top, which replaced six-foot high chain-link fencing, at a cost of $165,000 and was installed to better protect the stadium from break-ins.
• New flooring in selected indoor areas at a cost of $47,000.
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Source: Peotone Chamber Of Commerce