Methane found at Bowman Gray Stadium; city to test nearby neighborhood

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – City officials said Wednesday they plan to test the soil of residential homes next to Bowman Gray Stadium immediately after high concentrations of methane gas were found on stadium property and under the parking lots.

“I remember my mother telling me that it was a landfill,” said Janice Gwyn who lives next to the stadium parking lot where a former city landfill was once open. “I remember growing up it was just parking lot with rocks in it and people would come to learn to drive in it."

Gwyn's home is one of many between Bruce Street and the stadium that the city plans to test the soil after they discovered methane during environmental testing as part of the sale of the property to Winston-Salem State University.

In a statement released late Wednesday, city officials said while the odorless, flammable gas escaping the soil is not hazardous, it could pose a threat of explosion and cause headaches, dizziness and nausea if build up is confined to buildings.

“The city will take all appropriate actions to remediate or address the problem as needed,” said Assistant City Manager Greg Turner in the statement.