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Duluth's Wade Stadium Wall Crumbles

Posted at: 03/20/2013 10:27 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 11:02 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

It's been about 25 years since Duluth's historic Wade Stadium last saw repairs. On Wednesday, part of the stadium's outer brick wall came crashing down.

A neighbor told Eyewitness News that he heard the top of the wall come down around 6:40 p.m. The wall is along the first base line of the building.

The stadium is owned by the city of Duluth and was built in 1941. City of Duluth Operations Manager Kelly Fleissner said the city knows the stadium is in dire need of repair, but that a denied request for state bonding money last year has made it difficult.

"It's an old stadium. It takes quite a bit to keep up with it. We did a pretty substantial investment about 25 years ago. We're looking for some help from the state to make it happen," Fleissner said.

Fleissner said the city is looking ahead to the next bonding cycle with hope that a decent bonding package could come through.

On Wednesday night, the city put up barricades and Fleissner said they'll be looking more into the infrastructure problems on Thursday.

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