Donor Wall Bricks

Putnam Stadium Donor Wall and Commemorative Bricks Become a permanent part of Putnam Stadium.  This is your chance to permanently place your name and that of your family at Putnam Stadium and at the same time, support Phase II of the Restoration Project.  We want to afford everyone the opportunity to be a part of this historic landmark. For a donation of at least $500...

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Piece of Putnam can be yours

MIKE JAMES, The Independent ASHLAND — Want a 4-inch by 8-inch piece of Ashland Tomcat history? It’s yours for the taking. The demolition of Putnam Stadium is generating tons of debris — shards of concrete, spaghetti tangles of reinforcing steel and splinters from the old wooden bleacher seats where generations of Tomcat fans cheered their team. What seem to have...

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Putnam walls come down

MIKE JAMES, The Independent The first blow came at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday and Putnam Stadium began crumbling into history. An excavator-mounted hammer smashed into the upper corner of the stadium on the home side, sending a puff of dust into the air and chunks of concrete falling to the ground. “It’s kind of bittersweet. There are a lot of mixed emotions,” said Ashland...

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Putnam demolition day Jan. 27

MARK MAYNARD, The Independent ASHLAND — Make your calendars for Jan. 27. That’s the long-awaited demolition day for Putnam Stadium. Superintendent Steve Gilmore said they have verbal approval of the contracts from the Kentucky Department of Education for that start date. Light’s Enterprises will be doing the deconstruction of the 76-year-old stadium. Light’s...

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School board votes to rebuild Putnam

Unanimous decision has Tomcats playing on new field for 2014 season Mike James, The Independent ASHLAND — It’s official: The Ashland Tomcats and their fans will have a new stadium for the 2014 football season. The Ashland Board of Education on Wednesday agreed unanimously to rebuild Putnam Stadium and hired two construction companies to do the work for $1.46...

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It’s going to happen this time

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this all before about grand ol’ Putnam Stadium. But this time is different. That sound you’re hearing may well be the engine of the crane carrying the wrecking ball to Elm Street. It’s warming up in the bullpen, ready to take aim on the 76-year-old walls of Putnam Stadium. The...

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Class Challenge

The challenge is on!!! For the last several years the Putnam Stadium Restoration Committee has been raising funds to restore Putnam Stadium as the premier place for Friday night high school football and Saturday afternoon band competitions, as well as a host of other venues. For those who have not heard, our 76-year old stadium has run its course and it must be torn down...

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Maynard: Putnam needs help with renovation

Mark Maynard The Independent ASHLAND — For the past six years they’ve been sounding the alarm at Putnam Stadium. The renovation of the iconic stadium wasn’t just for looks. It was for safety. On Monday, the Ashland school board heard an engineering evaluation of the 76-year-old stadium and it wasn’t good news. A portion of seats, from the 25-yard line to the end...

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900 seats closed off at Putnam

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — Anybody wanting a seat for the Raceland-Ashland game on Friday night in Putnam Stadium, better get there early — and not just because of the rivalry. Putnam Stadium will have 900 fewer seats this season after structural concerns were raised from an engineering report at Monday night’s Ashland Board of Education meeting. The...

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Bids high for stadium work

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — The Putnam Stadium restoration project is on life support — at least for the 2013 high school football season. Barring a last-second Hail Mary, it looks like nothing will be done until after the 2013 season is finished because bids to put in new bleachers came in much higher than expected on Monday. There were only two bidders...

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Bleacher bids for stadium due

Mike James, The Independent ASHLAND — Time is running out for hiring a contractor to install bleachers at a restored Putnam Stadium in time for the first Ashland Tomcats football game in August, which is why school officials are nervously awaiting the opening on Monday of bids for the project. The school board is meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday to review the bids and is...

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Bleacher phase bids advertised on Monday

Mark Maynard, The Independent ASHLAND — It may be fourth-and-goal for the Putnam Stadium restoration project, but the game’s not over. Bids will be advertised on Monday for the bleacher phase, with a pre-bid meeting for contractors scheduled for Thursday at the stadium site. Final bids must be in by March 25, which may be just in time to have everything done for the...

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