FAQ

About (13)

Visit our website: www.tipppride.com
Facebook: Tipppride
Twitter: @tipppride
US mail: P.O. Box 261 Tipp City, Ohio, 45371

We have a set meeting schedule for Board and Committees. Public meetings are also scheduled bi-monthly to update the public on our progress and to elicit support.

We welcome your help, whether you volunteer or make an in-kind donation. See the Volunteer tab on our website: www.tipppride.com

Naming rights is a position reserved for a single major donor.

No, Tipp Pride is the fundraising group financing the project on behalf of the school.

We are soliciting bids for this work August 2017. Until the work is awarded and a General Contractor sets the timetables, we do not know. We hope that the project can be completed in one pass, however, this is entirely dependent on our ability to fundraise and the support we receive from the community.

We are soliciting bids for this work August 2017. Until the work is awarded and a General Contractor sets the timetables, we do not know. We HOPE to have it finished before the start of soccer season 2018.

Our website features our Board members. Our organization is governed by an approved charter with established board controls.

Yes, Tipp Pride has a 501(c)3 tax exemption as recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

We are all volunteers, citizens, business owners, and recognized city and school officials who represent these stakeholders.

A draft diagram of the proposed stadium is located on our website: www.tipppride.com
The addition of regulation turf will expand the current field to comply with OHSAA regulations by only 10 feet beyond the current stadium “footprint”.
The current North/South orientation of the field will remain.

Many features of the current stadium at City Park require upgrades for safety reasons. Essentially the magnitude of renovations will result in a “new” stadium.

September 2016, after years of “stadium talk” and no progress, Tipp Pride organized, adopted a mission statement, elected a board, established a charter, and secured IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

Construction and Features (14)

The City has never provided any size or materials restriction on scoreboards within the incorporated limits. They recently decided to place some definition to scoreboards for this and all future projects that require it.

No more than the current scoreboard. While the scoreboard size is increased within the new plans, the brightness, as well as the sound from the sound system, can be controlled electronically.

We quickly learned that extending the schedule over multiple years would not only compromise the availability of the stadium play surface for several years but then also ballooned the cost of the final project by more than 30%.

Yes, approximately 10 feet of expansion is needed to comply with field specifications for football and soccer as required by the Ohio High School Sports Association

The current field size is actually shy of the required square footage to OHSSA soccer regulations, requiring the field to be widened to accommodate sidelines. The construction of a new changing facility of both home and away athletes, a new concession area, and press box will expand the stadium Westerly towards the Roundhouse by 10 feet.

The tree located in the north end zone represents the traditions for which Tipp City is known. It serves as a symbol of the hometown feel that citizens cherish. Every effort, with the consultation of an Arborist, is being made to save the tree.

Yes, this a critical reason for TPA’s urgency and efforts to address these compliance and comfort issues for all patrons. We believe that grandparents and those with physical handicaps should be able to enjoy the Tipp City Stadium.

Designated parking shared with the Tipp City Family Aquatic Center and street parking is available. Overflow parking north of the pool is another option, providing additional parking options.

Current plans are based on a patron capacity of 3,110 seats.

Alliance Engineering, located in Troy, Ohio is leading the stadium design and engineering. They are creating bid packets in August 2017 to obtain pricing from various General Contractors in the area.

• NEW Home Ticket Booth/Concessions/Spirit Wear Store in the front plaza
• NEW Home Stands with seating for 2,110 including 200 VIP seats with seatbacks and armrests
• NEW Restrooms with additional stalls and ADA accommodations
• NEW Press Box that is larger and deeper, allowing for TV crews to bring their cameras inside
• NEW Home Locker Room with 75 lockers, player restrooms, coach’s office, trainer’s area for injury treatment and triage, official’s locker room
• NEW Visitor Ticket Booth/Concessions/Visitors Restrooms
• NEW Visitors Stands with seating for 1,000
• NEW Visitors Locker Room with 60 lockers and player restrooms
• NEW Stands for the Band (300 Home Band Only) located in end zone
• NEW Scoreboard 35’ high, 25’ wide with a 6’8” high video screen capable of featuring players and instant replay.
• NEW black powder-coated fence surround
• NEW Artificial Turf (light/dark green striping like OSU Buckeyes) with “T” in the center and Tippecanoe/Red Devils on North/South end zones.
• NEW walkway behind both Home and Visitor stands and extending from both ends of the field (no more walking in mud, slipping on the hill)
• NEW LED lighting (4 poles vs. 6) that is focused on the field, providing much less glare into the surrounding neighborhood.
• NEW sound system that focuses the game audio on the field and stands area

Home seating=2110, Visitor Seating=1000 & Band Seating = 300. There will be 200 VIP seats on the home side with seatback and arm rests for season ticket holders.
Both home and visitor bleachers will be ADA compliant and handicap accessible with plenty of space up front for seating. Field and all buildings and amenities will meet our immediate divisional requirements for hosting playoff games Div 4-7. Currently, Tipp City cannot host a tournament game for either football or soccer.

Neither have funds within their budgets to provide the magnitude of renovations needed to bring the current stadium up to the safety standards required for use. Neither entity proposes that tax payers foot the bill. The private citizens who compose TPA formed to privately fund the stadium.

The project will be put out to bid in August of 2017

Not officially determined but TPA has a completion goal date of 2018

Donations (5)

T-300 is a club established for the first 300 members of the community who provided a $1,000 donation. There will only be 300 such Club entries. T-300 members will be recognized on a special founders wall dedicated to their early contribution to this construction project.

Yes. Please inquire.

An appreciation letter from Tipp Pride is sent to each donor. Tax filing information can be found here.

Yes! Tipp Pride Association is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service.

There are many ways to donate. Visit our website link to make an online contribution. Support a community fundraiser, or mail checks to Tipp Pride PO Box 261 Tipp City, Ohio, 45371

Fundraising (7)

Yes, including a commitment from Premiere Health over the course of a 7-year contract.

The funds will be held in escrow and not touched for any purpose other than the construction of a new stadium.

There are several donation levels outlined on our website and printed marketing materials that outline acknowledgment for the generosity of our donors. A committee member also mails formalized letters to contributors to acknowledge gratitude and account that the donation has been formally applied. We have several tiered donation opportunities for residents and businesses. T-300 Club Members additionally receive a yard sign identifying their level of support for Tipp Pride.

Tipp Pride Association has established procedures outlined in the charter that direct how money is handled, accessed, accounted for, and expended. Safety checks such as requirements of two signatures of committee members and banking statements are reviewed routinely by the TPA Board to ensure transparency and accountability of all funds donated towards the new stadium. Board and Advisory Board Members have been background checked for criminal history. An annual audit of financials will be performed by an outside accounting firm.

The city has donated in-kind labor and supplies such as lighting towards this project. They have also allocated funds to renovate the current Park restrooms that are a shared utility with the Stadium. The school has an agreement with the city to manage the stadium. Mutually the city and schools share the use of the stadium for events such the July 4th fireworks. The city mows and manages trash and restroom facilities for the stadium.

After expenses related to engineering, marketing and events, the balance goes towards the stadium renovations.

Current estimate: $5.6M

Location and Ownership (6)

Renovations to the current space will provide opportunities to attract increased use of the stadium for events currently limited to football, soccer, and band each fall. The current stadium in need of major repairs to provide ADA accessibility and safety to all patrons and athletes. Tipp City Athletics often has to move games to other stadiums due to the poor condition of our field. Requests to use the field are received regularly and are often rejected, due to field condition.

The School will maintain structures while the City is still responsible for services (trash, water, electric)

The City of Tipp City owns the property that the stadium resides on as well as the physical structures. The School owns and maintains the property. An agreement between the city and schools outlines the responsibilities of each entity in the use and care of the stadium.

At this time, Tipp City Exempted Schools has not declared how the land will be utilized. Possession of the property allows the schools to control the use of the land adjacent to the high school.

City council approved a parking variance at their 4/17 meeting. Additional parking is located north of the Tipp City Family Aquatic Center and street parking will continue to be accessed.

After much discussion, both the city and the school board determined renovations of the current field were more affordable than building a new stadium on school property. This has been a debatable topic for many years and there are pros and cons for both locations. Retaining a sense of community tradition at city park resonated heavily among citizens. Respect for that, in addition to managing costs, contributed to the decision to keep the stadium at City Park.