A portion of the north end wall of Reeves Stadium at Geneva College collapsed this morning due to a combination of heavy rainfall, newly placed concrete blocks, dirt that was moved to alleviate the steep slope and no time for plantings and ground cover to take hold, according to a news release from the college.
Concrete blocks, Styrofoam slabs which were behind the blocks and dirt fell onto the field, reaching into the northern corner of the end zone. In recent days the wall had started to lean under the pressure of the heavy rainfall, so the college was in the process of working with a contractor to secure the blocks, the release said.
The college is now considering options to correct the problem. A deep trench will be built into Spring Alley, the road access which is at the top of the hillside at the Beaver Falls stadium, to redirect the water flow.
"It's a real disappointment that this happened now, as our football team is getting ready to play on our new turf at Reeves Field," said Ken Smith, president Geneva College. "At the same time, we are grateful that in God's providence the wall came down at night and no one was on the field. A wall is something we can fix."