MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Major changes are coming to Doug Shaw Stadium. A new deal to improve the historic venue could cost up to $6 million, and now Myrtle Beach officials are looking for the right company to get the job done.
"In this case, it's certainly best for a meeting to occur where the engineer is here, the owner is here, the city is here, and any contractor that's interested in bidding can come and ask questions about it," said Asst. City Manager Ron Andrews.
The mandatory meeting was held on Monday. Contractors from all around the Grand Strand came to state their claim on this potential $6 million contract.
"We had a structural engineer come and do a inspection of the facility. Quite surprisingly he came back and said it's in pretty good shape." said Andrews.
Still, city officials plan to put in a new press box for coaches and an elevator, along with new stadium seating. Andrews says the new Doug Shaw Stadium will also cater to bigger events.
"When it was constructed, it met NCAA standards, so we have college-level events here at this stadium. We want to continue doing that. So this project will also touch up that track. We'll make sure it's first-class quality," said Andrews.
Doug Shaw Stadium is currently co-owned by the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County Schools. HCS Chairman Joe Defeo says the school board will not be putting up money for the renovations.
"Our contract basically states that we only have to keep a facility up, The Doug Shaw Stadium, to our standards and that it's in comparison to the other fields that we have," said Defeo.
Although the renovations are all but a done deal, Defeo said Doug Shaw doesn't necessarily need the upgrades, therefore there's no reason for Horry County to get involved.
"When you look at this stadium, it is still one of the best if not the best stadium that we have in Horry County, so putting money into that stadium to upgrade it would be unfair to the rest of the district," said Defeo.
"We have to be finished by the first high school football game in late August, so we have a very short time frame to get this project done," said Andrews.
The official bidding will take place next week on December 23 and once a general contractor is picked, they will be allowed to hire sub contractors to get the job done.