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Donor Wall Bricks

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Feature, News | 0 comments

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 you can place that family information on the Donor Wall in one of four categories for large donors as listed below: TOMCAT TOUCHDOWN CLUB: $10,000 OR MORE TOMCAT MAROON AND...

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Piece of Putnam can be yours

Posted by on February 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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 captured the interest of nostalgic fans are the stadium’s bricks, however. Superintendent Steve Gilmore said he has been getting calls from souvenir hunters asking about...

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Putnam walls come down

Posted by on February 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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 Superintendent Steve Gilmore, watching from a slope across Elm Street. “They asked me if I’d want to be in the cab and make the first hit. I said no,” a wistful Gilmore...

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Putnam demolition day Jan. 27

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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 Enterprises is a subcontractor under Trace Construction, the general contractor on the stadium renovation project. It’s not known yet exactly what time the demolition will start...

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School board votes to rebuild Putnam

Posted by on December 6, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 million. The vote was one for Ashland’s history books, according to Superintendent Steve Gilmore. “This vote was a historic one because the stadium is a community...

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It’s going to happen this time

Posted by on December 6, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 stadium is tumbling down to make way for a new Putnam Stadium. It’s happening this time. Promise. Most of you won’t believe it until it happens and that’s understandable....

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Class Challenge

Posted by on October 19, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 and rebuilt and restored to its former glory.  As a matter of fact, for this season, it was necessary to barricade the heavily damaged areas of the bleachers which resulted...

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Maynard: Putnam needs help with renovation

Posted by on August 30, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 zone on both sides of the open end, shouldn’t be used. The crackling concrete wasn’t deemed safe enough to put added stress on it with 450 fans (900 on both sides). While...

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900 seats closed off at Putnam

Posted by on August 27, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 76-year-old stadium continues to show significant wear and deterioration of concrete. Temporary fencing will be erected from the 25-yard line to the end zone — both home and...

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Bids high for stadium work

Posted by on April 6, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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 — Toadvine Enterprises from Louisville and WB Fosson and Sons from Ashland — and both were about $300,000 over the $1.3 million budget for the first phase of the $5.2...

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