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City of Ponca City Commissioners approve the purchase of rodeo arena bleachers


Commissioners with the City of Ponca City met in a regular board session on Monday and approved the purchase of rodeo arena bleachers.

The bleachers will be purchased from Hanson Sports through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program, for the 101 Rodeo Arena Revitalization-Bleacher Replacement Project in the amount of $657,077.

Commissioners also authorized the 30 percent down-payment to process the order in the amount of $197,123.

Mayor Homer Nicholson and commissioners received a presentation at their Work Session held on Nov. 1 and discussed staff’s proposal for the expenditure of ARPA funds.

Commissioners then passed a resolution at the Nov. 8 board meeting outlining the expenditure of the coronavirus local fiscal recovery funds for non-entitlement units of government, such as ARPA funds, in the amount of $2,021,000.

One of the programs for funding in the resolution is the 101 Rodeo Arena Revitalization-Bleacher Replacement in the amount of $850,000.

The project will replace the east, west and northeast existing bleachers at the 101 Rodeo Grounds with new aluminum and elevated three feet off the ground ADA compliant bleachers.

All four of the old bleachers will be razed, and the east, west and northeast sites will be prepped for new bleachers. Crews will prep the site for installation, prepare the final grading and base, and pour the concrete slab. ADA concrete work will be completed once the bleachers have been installed.

The 101 Wild West Rodeo shared on their Facebook page that due to supply and demand, the new bleachers won’t be installed in time for the 63rd annual rodeo in 2022.

Hanson Sports and the City of Ponca City are certified and participating agencies of the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program. The awarded contract purchase price for the new bleachers includes delivery and installation, but does not include the concrete expenses.