Cottingham Stadium main entrance rendering

A rendering of the proposed main entrance of Cottingham Stadium near the corner of Church and 12th streets.

EASTON, Pa. – The Easton Area School Board voted on Tuesday night to solicit construction bids for the redesigned plan for a new, but slightly less expensive, Cottingham Stadium.

The board reviewed a presentation last week from Josh Grice of D’Huy Engineering and Randy Galiotto of ALLOY5 Architecture that brought down the price of the project by about $3.5 million. The total cost would be about $16.2 to $16.8 million to remodel the 1920s-era stadium at 12th and Spring Garden streets in Easton’s West Ward.

The new plan includes steel and aluminum bleachers instead of precast concrete, a prefabricated press box, a reduced number of restrooms and artificial turf instead of grass.

While the artificial turf could add $800,000 to $900,000 to the cost of the project, it could allow for a greater range of activities at the stadium, making it more useful to the district and the community. It could also bring in potential grant money to offset the extra expense.

In September, the board rejected bids for a renovated Cottingham Stadium that would have cost $20.2 million to $20.8 million, depending on certain options. The cost for renovating the stadium started at about $13 million, then jumped to $15.5 million before the final estimates topped $20 million.