Hobart plans to return Brickie Bowl to glory days

2013-08-10T17:15:00Z 2013-10-18T14:21:05Z Hobart plans to return Brickie Bowl to glory daysDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | City Councilman P. Lino Maggio played high school football and fondly remembers the Brickie Bowl during its glory days.

"There's a lot of people who hold that place close to them," Maggio said.

Maggio on Wednesday proudly made the motion officially transferring the Brickie Bowl from the School City of Hobart to the city of Hobart.

The school corporation, in exchange, will obtain the city-owned property behind Fire Station No. 1, adjacent to Joan Martin Elementary School on 10th Street.

"It's a benefit for the city to be putting the Brickie Bowl back to use. It's in the middle of the downtown, and it's an empty spot not being used that was dragging on people's hearts," Maggio said.

Maggio played football from seventh grade through his senior year at Hobart High School and was on the 1987 team when it won the state championship.

"I've been at the Brickie Bowl when there was 8,000 people in the stands and now there is nothing," Maggio said.

The School Board considered the possibility of renovating the Brickie Bowl and continuing to use it for football games when the new high school on 10th Street was completed in late 2008, School Board President Terry Butler said.

However, safety and costs were factored into the decision to move most sports activities to the new high school.

That's left the Brickie Bowl stadium empty except for occasional activities such as the Hobart Relay for Life or police-related use.

Special Events Coordinator Raeann Trakas said her committee will begin meeting with engineers, landscape architects and entertainment companies.

"We're excited," Trakas said.

Immediate plans are to do some general cleanup at the Brickie Bowl, and to remove the wooden bleachers and the press box.

"The metal bleachers are fine," Trakas said.

Trakas, who in eighth grade worked as manager for the Hobart High School football team, also has great memories of the Brickie Bowl.

"It's a special place for the people of Hobart," Trakas said.

Trakas said city officials have been discussing for several months what events will be held at the Brickie Bowl.

Trakas and her committee already have discussed holding sports events, concerts and fundraisers.

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