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Stadium renovations complete

Leaky Cowan Stadium cleaned, sealed and ready for intramural soccer season to begin next month

Published: 09:23AM January 10th, 2013
Stadium renovations complete

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Crew members work to reattach a section of bleacher seating at Cowan Stadium. The bleachers were removed to clean and seal leaky cracks in the concrete facility.

After the Joint Base Lewis-McChord rugby team played an inter-squad tournament Dec. 6, Cowan Stadium was shut down for renovations.

Contractors sealed cracks in the stadium seating areas to stop water from leaking into the stadium’s hallway. Bleachers were removed to seal the cracks and to pressure wash the entire stadium. The seating at Memorial Stadium was also pressure washed to maintain the venue.

Cowan Stadium was last renovated more than 20 years ago when the bleachers were installed, said Stadium Manager Otis Sistrunk, who arrived to Fort Lewis 21 years ago.

After World War II, veterans raised funds to build the sports complex that includes a football and baseball stadium. In 1949 Cowan and Memorial stadiums were built.

Today Cowan Stadium is used for physical training, youth center events, Armed Forces Day, 4th of July events, Special Olympics, organization days, intramural soccer and football, as well as rugby. Memorial Stadium is used for special events, like concerts, Special Olympics and change of command ceremonies.

The first activity of the year is intramural soccer, which begins in February.