Woodland High School will have a temporary set of bleachers for the remainder of football season.
This comes after a scare at a home game last month against Vintage High School.
While cheering, an audience member of the visiting side felt the bleachers “buckle,” and immediately notified staff.
“They found that not only the visiting side was faulty. But the home side as well, including the press box, which has actually got a lean to it,” said Dr. Maria Armstrong, superintendent of Woodland Joint Unified School District.
Recent graduate Ysabella Aguilera remembered, in the last few years, there were some close calls.
“People were like ‘oh these bleachers are like, wiggle wobby,'” Aguilera said. “I remember the earthquake hit and the bleachers kind of separated.”
In the meantime, maintenance crews built a fence surrounding both bleachers.
Next Monday, a crew will come in and build temporary, ADA compliant, aluminum bleachers directly in front of the current bleachers, on the dirt track.
Visitors and fans will sit on those bleachers for the next three home games, including next week’s homecoming game and their crosstown rivalry game against Pioneer High School.
Armstrong said no PE classes, other school sports or weekend pee wee football games will be affected by the placement of the temporary bleachers.
“These temporary seats we have, they will fulfill the notion of being able to continue so that kids don’t have to miss a beat or miss a game,” Armstrong said.
he temporary bleachers are scheduled to stay in place until Nov. 16.