Supply Chain Issues, Inflation Complicate New HS Stadium Project

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Greenville (Ala.) High School was all set to begin construction on a new football stadium but supply chain issues have complicated finding materials for the project. 

“We’re already being told there’s hold up with metal,” said Butler County Schools Superintendent Joseph Eiland. “There’s a holdup with so many other products, and that’s just, you know, what every school system is facing.”

According to the local NBC affiliate, Eiland hopes the stadium will be done by Fall of 2023, but there is no official completion date at this time. 

“While it’s exciting, the most frustrating thing is the fact that you can’t predict when anything will be finished anymore,” Eiland said. “You just can’t predict it. Contractors across the state will tell you that, ‘Hey, he’s not lying.’”

Inflation has also put a dent in plans for the $5.5 million stadium. 

“If something was estimated at three and a half million dollars, you can count on two million more now,” Eiland said. “That’s the dilemma that we’re in now is trying to bridge that gap, because we’ve got to figure out a way to pay for it."

Eiland is now reaching out alumni and foundations, as well as some NFL organizations and player for financial assistance with the project. 

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