Not enough bleachers at Conner Field!
Posted by BP (+118) 10 years ago
When is someone going to get a grip and put some more bleachers up at the football field? So many people, were frustrated by this and it is important to get that revenue. I will tell you one thing though if I cannot get there at least 20 minutes early I will not go anymore. It just isn't worth walking up and down trying to find a seat.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 10 years ago
If you have several hundred thousands bucks lying around, you can always donate it to the cause.
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Posted by Herbie (+115) 10 years ago
Bp, you are correct. There needs to be more seating added on the north side of the field. Last night we got yhrtr at 6:30 and it was packed.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
Normally I hate misspelled words. In this case, however, I absolutely LOVE it.

Long live Denton Field ... whatever it might be called.

But get to the game earlier. It is known that Cowboys games are always packed, home and away. If you can't get there early, listen to it on the radio. You really should know better.
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Posted by Colette Butcher (+404) 10 years ago
As well as the Cowboy's season is going this year, it is obvious that they are going to have a lot of supporters this season. Belgrade didn't bring a lot of spectators last night but there were additional people there because of homecoming. You can bet when Billings Central, Glendive, Hardin, Sidney, or any playoff games are held there will be a lot of additional people showing up at Connors Field. Two weeks ago when I saw the bleachers for the first time I thought we had all kinds of room but by the time the game started they were quite full. Last night they were totally packed and people standing everywhere. I do not know what it would take to get a few sets of portable bleachers put back up on the north side of the field. But it looks like we need them.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 10 years ago
Hmmm..... I thought peroxide blondes were fairly common.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 10 years ago
What is this Connors Field of which you speak?
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 10 years ago
*Connors Stadium at The Denton Sports Complex
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Posted by jcaine (+36) 10 years ago
The facility looks great, but I agree, there needs to be more seating at the games. Some bleachers on the other side of the field is very much needed. My family and I sat in an area that must be the student section. It was very frustrating trying to watch the game amongst all the rowdiness. We would have been more than happy to walk to the other side of the field to sit. And on another note, I was more than appalled at the way these kids act, their behavior and choice of words and profanity was a true shock.
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Posted by RA (+648) 10 years ago
jcaine is ABSOLUTELY correct!!! More bleachers are desparately needed!! The restroom facilities currently approach appaling...you have your choice between PORT-A-POTTIES or a hike to the far side of the football field! Hopefully, plans are to build new restrooms that are EASILY accessible to the public.

I would like to note that the improvements that have been made to date are GOOD.

Young folks from about 4th grade and up need to learn some BASIC common manners; and what type of language is APPROPRIATE at public events.
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1606) 10 years ago
Now vs. 1970

Simple algebra:

1970- x = number of people who can sit on the bleachers.

2011- x + ff + lb < 1970x, where ff = fast food & lb = humongous added weight.

Solution: Close down McDonalds + Open the new gym results in greater potential for x.


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Posted by Matt Smith (+794) 10 years ago
I love the new bleachers! We got there a little late & they were packed.

I expected it to be packed, so I was not surprised.

I want to thank all the people who donated for the new bleachers & improvements.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 10 years ago
And on another note, I was more than appalled at the way these kids act, their behavior and choice of words and profanity was a true shock.


Didn't go to any football games when you were in High School? As I remember most of the high school kids that went to football games when I was there were not watching the game, they were there to sneak booze in, be rowdy, and find out where the party was going to be after the game.
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 10 years ago
And that was nothing new then Levi. My husband has the exact same recollections from the previous decade. I, however, of course, remember no such thing.

I also must concur with Matt. A big thank you to those who organized the project as well, even if I don't get there early enough to enjoy it. LOL.

[This message has been edited by Denise Selk (9/17/2011)]
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 10 years ago
First of all I agree with Matt Smith, a big thank-you to all the people involved with getting the new bleachers and other improvements to the field. As to seating, I work from the far side of the field because the lighting works better and it seemed that there was unused seating on the far end of the bleachers. The first closest section was packed but down at the far end looked to have about 1/3 of the seats still open. Now notice I used the terms seemed and looked, I was not over there so could be wrong. If so one quick solution would be to move the pep band to the far side. They would be playing towards the crowd so are heard better and those seats would be open of others to use.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+385) 10 years ago
As I'm not around Miles much anymore, I'm curious as to how the new and approved DENTON (Connors blah blah but it will always be Denton to me) field came about. Donations, grants, etc etc. From what I've heard lately, one industry that's done a lot to help Miles City growing in economic terms, is the Oil and Gas industry. Before I moved away, Sanjel had moved in and was more then willing to help with donations and make their presence known. Word is there have been other such companies come into town and I'm wondering if they've been asked yet to help support their local communities. More often then not, these companies are looking to get in good with the locals beyond just bringing jobs into the area. Has anyone asked them yet if they'd be interested in contributing to some portable bleachers for the local sports complex? Donations = tax write-off"s,.... just a thought on my part.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 10 years ago
Chris is dead-on here. There are numerous situation here in Gillette where when we need funding for some community service type project (like seating for athletic events ), the big companies in town are usually very willing to write a check. Want a swimming pool in ; help and support Arch coal get their Otter Creek project operational and they will likely build you a pool.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr. (9/18/2011)]
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Posted by David Schott (+17044) 10 years ago
"Victory Insurance Municipal Pool and Recreation Center" has a nice ring to it.
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 10 years ago
If you would like more/accurate information in this regard, contact a school board trustee or a representative of the school administration. This issue was discussed at length at the last board meeting.

It is not a matter of funding portable bleachers. There were portable bleachers on the north side of the field in years past.
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Posted by Brandon Loomis (+96) 10 years ago
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are not needed. Drag the bleachers that sat opposite of the main bleachers for the last upteen years back onto the opposite side. The current seating situation barely holds enough for the first two games so what will happen with a big playoff matchup? Oh and bring the second concession stand back. They were out of quite a bit of stuff by half time and it's really odd they put the new concessions in such a pinch point between the entry way and the walk way to the east endzone. But everything does look nice and I'm sure they will work the few minor kinks out.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 10 years ago
It's amazing to me. No matter what is done, it is never right. How about this.

Quit bitching, and be THANKFUL that the Connors Family stepped in. Without them, we would have the same old Denton Field. Run down, out of date and much worse than the current.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 10 years ago
When they started to disassemble the old bleachers, they collapsed. They were unsafe and it is a miracle they didn't fall down years ago. They were not fit to reuse.

If you don't like the current situation, volunteer to start fundraising.

But stop complaining about what I gather is a heck of an improvement.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+385) 10 years ago
From what I've heard of the school board's side of the situation, it sounded as they were upset with the number of unattended children that were playing on or around said north bleachers. Understandable in certain circumstances but one would think that "common sense" would prevail in certain situation like home football games where those bleachers might be used and be nearly full. At that point you give a "family" a place to sit, rather then Mom and/or Dad standing along the sideline trying to enjoy the game and keep an eye on the kids at the same time. Would the bleachers need to be used all the time? No. Again, back to the "common sense" and understanding how to make an effort to provide for YOUR OWN fans!
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
(submitted pending the approval of Mr. Gamrath)

I have been going to high school football games for about 30 years. As long as I can remember, kids have always run around behind the bleachers. This is the same in Miles City as it is in Billings as it is in Winona, MN as it is in Wright, WY.

Is it annoying? Yes. Is it going to change anytime soon? Of course not.

People might as well complain that stadium lights attract bugs.
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Posted by Chris Gamrath (+385) 10 years ago
While your statement contains no mention of nachos, I do agree with it 100%. If in fact, that IS the school board's concern over the bleachers, I'd be amazed at their short-sightedness.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
Nachos make everything better, Chris. Behold the power of cheese.
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Posted by BP (+118) 10 years ago
I must say that I did not feel that we need to buy more bleachers or do fundraising but maybe instead utilize the ones that we were all staring at across the field! No brainer! Just seems silly not to use them when people are struggling to find seating. I had a seat but it did bother me to see other people , mostly families, struggling.
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Posted by Jim B (+232) 10 years ago
Here is the perfect answer for the seating problem
at Conners Field except someone is going to have to raise
a lot of money.

http://www.portablebleachers.com/

Watch the video.

It would be great if there was some way to modify the portable bleachers we have to do something like this.
Maybe wheels under all of them and bring them in like a train.
Might take less than an one hour to set them up or take them out
if done right.
Each section has 4 wheels. Each wheel can be locked into a straight
position or unlocked to be able to turn while being towed. This way it would not matter which direction it is being pulled as it would
follow nicely.
Biggest problem is our portable bleachers come in a lower half and upper half. If there was some way the lower half could be flipped up
onto the upper half for moving would be great.

Any ideas???

[This message has been edited by Jim B (9/19/2011)]
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 10 years ago
Jim B, how does a high school boy snog with a cheerleader underneath THAT thing?
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Posted by Stone (+1596) 10 years ago
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 10 years ago
Notice that both of the bleachers ads show bleachers that are enclosed under the seat so no objects or small people can fall through. That is the current safety standard and was part of what was wrong with the old now replaced bleachers. Now take a look at the bleachers across the parking lot by Scanlon Lake. They are open under the seats meaning they do not meet safety standards. Now maybe the lower front sections could be used by themselves without the higher back portions maybe not I do not know current legal standard well enough to say but I think there is a problem with just bringing in the old set up.
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Posted by Brandon Loomis (+96) 10 years ago
The bleachers by scanlan lake seem to be fine. We didn't have injuries on them before why would we start now? My bet is they don't have them there to keep the kids from playing football behind them. Of course it didn't work. But hey kids have been playing football on the sidelines since the inception of high school football. There's probably not many Cowboy football players that didn't start there career under the lights over there. DOWN WITH FUN AND GAMES! Bottom line is if we host playoffs they will have to drag in those bleachers and they will never stop the pickup football games.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
But aren't those bleachers made out of aluminum old, splintery wood? I can't recall.

Either way, one could get a sliver or freeze one's tongue to the metal. I can't think of anything that could possibly be worse. Ever.

[This message has been edited by Brian A. Reed (9/20/2011)]
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Posted by Bridgier (+9191) 10 years ago
Now wait Mr. Insurance Agent, are you telling me that you won't insure me against injury unless my bleachers meet a minimum requirement? A travesty!! DEATH PANELS!!! GAE PEPOLE INNA MILITARY!!!
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 10 years ago
Nail....meet hammer.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
All this talk of death, panels, hammers and nails ... are we talking about bleachers or gibbets?

Bridgier - you forgot to mention that the decomposition and/or reconstruction of said bleachers may lead to chemtrails.

[This message has been edited by Brian A. Reed (9/20/2011)]
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1272) 10 years ago
I thought we were talking about cheese. Cover the field in cheese... warm queso will protect anyone falling to the ground from a hard landing and provide a tasty safety net!! CHEESE ALL THE WAY!
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
Cory, I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9191) 10 years ago
More information about cheese can be found on the internet.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 10 years ago
Brian: I am a little disappointed that you have not worked bacon into the conversation. .
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
Bacon isn't served at football games.

This must change.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 10 years ago
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6014) 10 years ago
For the life of me, I don't know who I might contact to request that such concessions be served at Cowboys games.
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