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October 18, 1987 | By Sari Harrar, Special to The Inquirer
The Maple Shade Board of Education has awarded a $10,735 contract for repairing high school bleachers to Gym Door Repairs of Huntingdon Station, N.Y. At the board's meeting Tuesday, Superintendent John Sherry said that students had not been allowed to use the 1,000-seat gym bleachers this year after a routine inspection disclosed weakened areas in welds and in the mechanism that opens and closes the bleachers. He said that the work would begin within a month and that the bleachers should be ready for the opening of basketball season in early December.
SPORTS
March 22, 1991 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A structural engineer was brought in by West Chester University yesterday to investigate the partial collapse of a section of bleachers at the end of a playoff game between Chester High and the Glen Mills School on Wednesday night. A 15-foot section of bleachers buckled immediately after Glen Mills posted a 64-62 victory in a PIAA AAAA Eastern Regional final at West Chester. Twenty students from Glen Mills were injured as a result of the collapse and were taken to hospitals Wednesday night.
NEWS
December 30, 1990 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheltenham High School seniors are nearly halfway to their goal of sitting tall again at graduation - a tradition threatened by money problems. There has been a miniature tempest over the suggestion that buying risers for graduation might not be prudent at a time when programs have been cut to balance budgets. After a school board committee shot down a plan to buy permanent elevated bleachers earlier this fall, a task force of students, parents and school officials set about raising the cash themselves.
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | By Gary H. Sternberg, Special to The Inquirer
One of Walter Hummell Jr.'s last school projects was a model of football stands made of balsa wood and construction board for the Gloucester Township Midget Football League. But when those stands are built, they will be his memorial. On March 31, just a few weeks after Hummell, 17, of Sicklerville Road in Gloucester Township, and his best friend and neighbor, Joe Magliocco, finished building the model for the stands for a class at Highland Regional High School, he was killed in an auto accident.
SPORTS
April 7, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A spectator at the Kansas City Royals' home opener yesterday was injured when he fell 12 feet from the left-field bleachers to the warning track. Nathan Michalski, 22, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was taken to a hospital with a compression fracture of the spine, a broken foot and abdominal pain, the Royals said. A friend said Michalski was trying to jump down to the outfield when he fell. Officers who reached Michalski tried to pull him to his feet, but he collapsed back to the track.
NEWS
December 30, 1998 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A 27-year-old Darby man who pleaded guilty yesterday to raping and robbing a Yeadon woman last New Year's Eve was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison as part of a negotiated plea. Cleo J. Ruffin of the 200 block of Mulberry Street was charged with raping the 19-year-old woman at gunpoint on the bleachers of the Penn Wood West Junior High School field about 10 p.m., a court affidavit states. The woman was walking to her boyfriend's home when Ruffin approached her on Cedar Avenue, asked for a cigarette, and then tried to get her to go home with him, the document states.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lenape's Kyle Trout avoided a last-second takedown to hold on to a win Monday night, the cheers of his teammates, coaches, and fans filled the gym. Teammate Kyle McIntyre didn't see it. The 170-pound senior left midway through Trout's bout and didn't return for another three matches. McIntyre did hear it, though. When McIntyre left, he walked to the corner of Lenape's gym, toward the exit. He then went under the bleachers, and laid beneath the cheering fans. He tried to think about anything but wrestling.
SPORTS
March 28, 2015 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
With opening day on the horizon and the Wrigley Field bleachers resembling an erector set, some denizens of the most famous seats in sports are wondering if life will ever be the same. The bleacher season ticket holders are temporarily without a home, and some blame the Cubs for catering to a younger crowd that drinks more and pays more attention to its smartphones than the game. "It's all about the party," veteran bleacherite Linda Eisenberg said. The Wrigley bleachers have been gutted this offseason to add lucrative patio sections, two jumbo-sized video boards and advertising signage as part of the Ricketts family's $575 million renovation plan.
SPORTS
October 24, 1994 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They sell whiskey at all Japanese ballparks, so it's certainly no surprise that ardent supporters of the Hanshin Tigers often celebrate a victory by leaping from a bridge into a polluted river. "In that way," explained Hiroshi Yoshimura, a Pacific League official, "they show their ecstasy. " That lust for ecstasy, not to mention Japan's martial traditions and the free-flowing whiskey, sake, wine and beer, has produced a fanatical core of fans - the oendan - for each of Japan's 12 professional baseball teams.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | By Hank Klibanoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Lindenberg and Bernie Ben Botnek want it understood: They don't have to be sitting in the swelter of the Wrigley Field bleachers, where snaggle- toothed Ronnie Woo-Woo emits a breathtaking series of shrill sounds in their ears, where hawkers yelling "ColdbeerOldStylescuseme" trip at their feet and where fans expectorate usually humorous and occasionally obscene comments toward opposing outfielders. "We could be in boxes if we wanted," asserted Lindenberg, 67, who is a dead-ringer for actor Jack Klugman.
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NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since the days of T-ball, Julia Voluntad has always looked to her father on the sideline as her top softball supporter. But last year, when he had to take a job in California, that all changed. "He's my rock. Since I was little, he was always there for me when I did something wrong," Voluntad said of Mondo Voluntad. "It's hard because he was at my games, every game for my whole life. " Mondo Voluntad travels back quite frequently to watch Julia play. He's home for a few weeks now to cheer her on and be a supportive voice in her ear from the bleachers.
SPORTS
March 28, 2015 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
With opening day on the horizon and the Wrigley Field bleachers resembling an erector set, some denizens of the most famous seats in sports are wondering if life will ever be the same. The bleacher season ticket holders are temporarily without a home, and some blame the Cubs for catering to a younger crowd that drinks more and pays more attention to its smartphones than the game. "It's all about the party," veteran bleacherite Linda Eisenberg said. The Wrigley bleachers have been gutted this offseason to add lucrative patio sections, two jumbo-sized video boards and advertising signage as part of the Ricketts family's $575 million renovation plan.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lenape's Kyle Trout avoided a last-second takedown to hold on to a win Monday night, the cheers of his teammates, coaches, and fans filled the gym. Teammate Kyle McIntyre didn't see it. The 170-pound senior left midway through Trout's bout and didn't return for another three matches. McIntyre did hear it, though. When McIntyre left, he walked to the corner of Lenape's gym, toward the exit. He then went under the bleachers, and laid beneath the cheering fans. He tried to think about anything but wrestling.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Getting that first win of the season last week, after 17 losses, certainly was a point of pride for the beleaguered 76ers. But what about Sixers point guard Michael Carter Williams? What did it mean to him? Not the 6-foot-6 MCW. The 10-inch plush version that retails for $19.99. At the Plymouth Meeting office of Bleacher Creatures, the doll made in Williams' likeness was a point of interest the morning after Wednesday's game. "Does two dolls make a run?" joked Matthew Hoffman, president and founder of the nine-employee company that opened in February 2011.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
"I LOVE THIS CROWD," Mayor Nutter said. The mayor was almost lost in the throng of at least 300 delirious Taney Dragons fans crowding bleachers set up in the City Hall courtyard to watch the game yesterday against Las Vegas on four TV screens. Dressed down and wearing a Taney Dragons baseball cap, Nutter was as enthusiastic as everyone else, hanging on every pitch, cheering every deft move by their heroes and booing every bad call. "We're seeing some great baseball," the mayor said, "excellent defense.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
WAYNE STEWART Sr. and his son who shares his name knew all along that Philly's own Taney Dragons could bring a win home against Texas in last night's Little League World Series game. Even as the rest of the crowd of about 200 Taney fans that the Stewarts joined to cheer the team on the big screens at the City Hall courtyard tensed up during the nail-biter of a contest, they held fast to their Philly faith. "I'm still feeling good," the older Stewart said after Pearland, Texas' Cole Smajstrla hit a three-run homer to take the lead and Taney changed its pitcher in the top of the fifth inning.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
There are basketball people who love the sport in the summer. They love the street beat of the outdoor runs. They cherish the hothouse effect of all those camps and clinics and all that AAU competition. But there's something about an overheated gymnasium on a cold winter night - when fans cram into well-worn wooden bleachers and athletes race across shiny hardwood in tracing footsteps that reach back across the generations. Everybody believes his or her gym is special. Everybody is right, too. If it's the home court, there's something friendly and familiar about it. The best thing about gyms is that they come in so many shapes and sizes and they all seem to have their own character.
SPORTS
November 7, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Todd Morton had been to HersheyPark Stadium before, just not in his usual domain between the pipes. The senior goalkeeper for the West Chester Henderson boys' soccer team was in the stands in 2002 when the Warriors last won a state championship in boys' soccer. He also had been in the Hershey bleachers as a spectator for state lacrosse matchups. With Henderson winning only three matches during Morton's freshman season, however, walking onto the turf in Hershey - site of the state final - seemed a long ways away.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The empty chip bags, a comb, and a pacifier that littered the shoddy grass of the Camden High School football field Monday will be gone in coming weeks - scooped up by a bulldozer. A year-and-a-half after receiving a $200,000 NFL Grassroots Grant for new synthetic turf, the Camden High School Athletic Field Ad Hoc Committee has gathered enough money to start working on a new field, including a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Shovels went into the ground Monday in a ceremonial start to the renovation.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013
The $500 million renovation of storied Wrigley Field hit a huge snag on Wednesday over a huge (6,000-square-foot) video screen in left field. In short, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts threatened to move the team out of the lively north side if the city does not approve the screen, which would generate $20 million in advertising revenue. "The fact is that if we don't have the ability to generate revenue in our own outfield, we'll have to take a look at moving - no question," Ricketts said.
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