HOT SPRINGS - Back in October, the Star reported on the success of the Hot Springs Bison Athletics Hall of Fame committee in raising funds to begin work to drastically improve the fan experience of those attending games at Woodward Field.

Construction of new bleachers has since gotten underway, with one phase of the project completed.

So far, 15 bleachers have been installed in the center of the grandstands, including 10 that feature “Bison Blue” painted backrests.

The seating, which should be a much more comfortable alternative to the old concrete, features naming rights purchased by businesses, alumni, and other organizations, in support of the project.

Hall of Fame committee founder Carlos Cornay says he’s very encouraged by the support of local businesses, and by an alumni base he has very high praise for.

The work, however, is not complete. The Hall of Fame committee is still actively fundraising to support their goal of also providing bleachers for the left and right portions of the grandstands, and still hopes that with community support, they can have all bleachers installed come March.

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In support of that goal Cornay says that donations are still being taken, and that naming rights are still available to be purchased for the portions of bleachers that won’t feature backrests. The $500 donation required for sponsorship of those seats will be rewarded with the donors name placed on a small placard featured on the bleacher.

Community members, businesses, or Bison alumni who are interested in donating toward the improvements can contact the Hall of Fame committee to arrange their donation.

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