LAKEWOOD — Jeffco Stadium is getting a makeover.
The host of 29 of the last 31 high school track and field state championships is getting a new track after 16 years, as well as a couple other renovations.
Construction started last month and competition is expected before the start of the football season.
“We consider ourselves as one of the premiere high school stadiums so it is important to continue to maintain the stadium at the highest level,” said Ezra Paddock, manager of stadium operations
The near 60-year-old stadium’s track is getting updated with the latest in track & field technology.
While the stadium just successfully hosted yet another CHSAA Track and Field State Championship, the track itself was one past its 15 year expiration date.
No injuries or problems were reported regarding the old track, but there was some natural wear and tear.
The stadium’s track was stripped of its surface and any of the near foot thick asphalt that needs to be patched will be repaired. The new surface that will be put onto the course is known as the “sandwich system.”
It basically has a base, or a pad, so water doesn’t pass through it. The top layer is then coated with a structural spray, translating to the new track lasting twice as long and also being softer on athlete’s bodies.
“I think there is going to be some records broken in the next state tournament,” Paddock said. “This track will definitely be faster.”
The company doing the construction is Renner Sports Surfaces, the same company that installed the last track 16 years ago.
In addition, the stadium is also having a drainage issue on the west side of the stadium dealt with. A giant trench along the front of the home crowd stands has already been dug.
“It was draining very slowly so in any big weather event we would have standing water. So this will be a dream maintenance-wise,” Paddock said.
Finally, the stadium is getting conduit and power underneath the track for the first time.
“In the era if digital timing everything is done with a camera at the finish line. We used to have to wire overhead and will no long have to do that,” Paddock said.
Jeffco Stadium hosts 20 to 30 track meets a year, as well as 4A and 5A Jeffco high school football games.
Paddock and his maintenance team of about 10 people also handle Trailblazer Stadium, Lakewood Memorial Field and North Area Athletic Complex.