HOBART | A round of applause followed the City Council's unanimous decision Wednesday to have the city take over ownership of the Brickie Bowl.
"It's official," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.
The City Council adopted an interlocal agreement with the School City of Hobart transferring the Brickie Bowl to the city.
The property transfer, which will be final once deeds are exchanged, entails the city taking over ownership of the Brickie Bowl and an adjacent parking lot off East Fourth Street.
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.
The School Board approved the transfer at its July 25 meeting, City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said.
"All it needs is your action and then the exchange of the deeds to be official," DeBonis told the City Council.
The transfer has been in the hands of attorneys representing both sides for several months, Snedecor said.
Snedecor thanked the efforts of DeBonis and School Board attorney William Longer.
"The attorneys spent a lot of hours on this. It wasn't an easy project. This took a lot of time and effort," Snedecor said.
City Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, who played high school football at the Brickie Bowl stadium, made the motion to approve the transfer.
"I make the motion on behalf of thousands of Brickie Bowl fans around the world. We're going to resurrect the Brickie Bowl," Maggio said.
City officials have been discussing for several months what events will be held at the Brickie Bowl after the transfer, Special Events Coordinator Raeann Trakas said.
Trakas and her committee already have discussed holding sports events, concerts and fundraisers.
Structural improvements, including removing wooden bleachers, also are planned after the city obtains possession.
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 built a few years ago, School Board president Terry Butler said.
However, safety and costs were factored into the decision to move most of the school's sports activities to the new high school.