War Memorial Stadium renovation proposal vote pushed back

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Council decided to push back a vote on a $1.4 million renovation proposal for War Memorial Stadium.

Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to push back the vote 60-90 days.

The proposal would keep the memorial towers but demolish the concrete seating area, exterior walls and the overhead canopy.

A new wall, restrooms, entrance and metal seating area would be built under the proposal. The locker rooms and canopy would not be replaced.

"The infrastructure is crumbling to the point where we're not sure we can go back and renovate existing concrete," said Greg Jackson, director of Greensboro Parks and Recreation. "It's an 85-year-old facility. Concrete doesn't last that long. At some point, you got to demolish that piece and start over."

Greensboro city leaders have been trying to figure out what to do about the crumbling stadium since 2006, when voters turned down a roughly $5.5 million bond package for renovations.

George Clooney filmed scenes for the movie "Leatherheads" at the stadium, and some current Major League Baseball stars have played games there.

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