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New Southview football venue to be named 'Mel Nusbaum Stadium'

Prominent Toledo lawyer donated to project

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Attorney Melvin 'Mel' Nusbaum seen in April, 1996. Attorney Melvin 'Mel' Nusbaum seen in April, 1996.
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Sylvania School District officials announced Monday that a new football stadium at Southview High School will be named the Mel Nusbaum Stadium, in memory of prominent Toledo lawyer Mel Nusbaum, after the family donated to the project.

The naming of the new stadium after Mr. Nusbaum, the father of school board member Jim, was unanimously approved by the board at its meeting Monday. The Nusbaum family, who attended the meeting, donated the money along with friends to raise $500,000 for the project.

"Naming the facility in honor of Mel Nusbaum feels so right because it captures what he valued most," -- education, athletics, and community, said Superintendent Brad Rieger. 

The board also unanimously approved moving forward on bidding out construction of the new football field, estimated to cost about $1.45 million. Mr. Rieger said the budgeted figures were conservative and expects final costs to be lower.

The balance of the project will be paid with $625,000 from the capital improvement fund from the sale of land behind Timberstone Junior High School, about $100,000 raised through scoreboard advertisements, and about $100,000 in-kind donations for construction material, Mr. Rieger said.

Officials said that having a home stadium at Southview is long overdue. Prior to this project, Southview's football team has had to play its games at Northview.

Kurt Miller, president of Miller Diversified Construction in Maumee, reviewed Monday  the plans for the stadium, which is part of a long-term $11 million athletic field upgrade plan at Northview and Southview high schools. The parent-run Athletic Foundation is raising funds to cover the upgrade costs.

The new stadium will keep the current track and field at what is currently known as Cougar Stadium. Home bleachers will be refurbished for use by visiting teams, and will seat 1,040 people. The current visitors side, which is on the east side of the field, will be transformed into home bleachers, fitting 2,780 seats and a press box.

The “rise on the bleachers was increased for better visibility,” Mr. Miller said. Both bleachers will include space for marching bands.

On the north end of the field will be a new scoreboard, which can accommodate a video screen, and advertising. New fencing, landscaping, and some excavation, are also part of the construction.

Alan Bacho, director of facilities, said they plan to place the work out to bid in the next month. The football stadium has a fall 2014 completion date. Bids will be taken for each aspect of work, from bleachers, electrical, scoreboard, and fencing, with Miller Diversified serving as the construction manager. Feller, Finch and Associates of Maumee designed the football field.

Jackie Nusbaum said donating to the project is a “wonderful legacy,” and that her humble husband, Mel, was an avid sports fan and believer in education and the power of sports.

“Knowing some day that my grandchildren and many young children will play football at their home field is wonderful,” she said.

This summer a practice football field, part of the $11 million athletic field plan, was completed at Northview. The athletic field plan, divided into four phases, also includes a softball field and additional parking at Northview, construction of new softball and baseball bleachers at Southview, upgrades in concession stands and restrooms, and an expansion of Northview’s weight room.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.



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