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WAKE FOREST — The Wake County Board of Education approved an agreement Tuesday night to renovate Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium.
Wake Forest will receive $249,000 to give to ESP Associates Inc. to perform the work and services described in the proposal made May 1, 2018. The agreement was signed by Joseph Hendrick, the president of ESP Associates Inc.
The renovation project will include a full site survey, including boundary information, easements, right of way, topographic information, including locations of all above ground features and below ground utilities. It will also establish site benchmarks, locations of specimen, historic and landmark trees.
The contractor will begin their services Nov. 15 and complete them by Jan. 30, 2020. During that time, Wake Forest will still have their home games played at the stadium.
The actual construction will begin some time in June 2020 after the high school students leave for summer break, according to John Beavin, the Wake County Public School System senior project manager. The renovation project will take about a year to complete, which means the school will have no activities at the stadium from summer 2020 until summer 2021. The proposed budget for construction has not been determined yet.
One of the confirmed renovations is changing the stadium’s track from six lanes to eight lanes. Wake Forest athletic director Mike Joyner said he is working with schools in the surrounding area to host events for the athletic programs.
Trentini Stadium was originally called Groves Stadium and opened in 1940. It was used for the Wake Forest University football team back when the college was in the town of Wake Forest.
When the university moved to Winston-Salem in 1957, the stadium was given to Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. It was renamed Trentini Stadium after former Wake Forest University football player and Wake Forest-Rolesville High School football coach, Tony Trentini.
The stadium can hold up to 20,000 people. It has not undergone renovations since 1957. Trentini Stadium has been home to the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School 3A state champion boys soccer team in 1996 and the Wake Forest 4A state champions football team from 2016-18.