Aliquippa Receives $25,000 Donation for Football Stadium Renovation

ALIQUIPPA — Thanks to a $25,000 stadium renovation donation, Aliquippa’s Carl A. Aschman Stadium, also known as “The Pit,” is one step closer to completion.

The Wilson Group, a locally owned and operated business solutions company that is “known for preserving the legacy,” announced Monday that it is donating $25,000 to the Aliquippa School District for the renovation project. . The company has also pledged an additional $2,000 per year for the next five years to help “fuel” the stadium’s “growth and sustainability,” according to a joint school district and group press release.

The Wilson Group will formally present the check to the school district on Wednesday at the next school board meeting. Two members of the Wilson Group’s leadership team, Vice President Michael Vaughn and Chief Education Officer Vinnie DeLeonibus, will present the check to the district and “add a few words of inspiration,” according to the press release.

“Hire local, operate local and give local is the ethos of The Wilson Group,” wrote Derrick Wilson, Founder and CEO of The Wilson Group. “We work and live here. It is our responsibility to maintain the lifestyle infrastructure here. This stadium is as organic as possible.”

“The Aliquippa School District would like to thank Mr. Wilson and the Wilson Group for their thoughtful and generous donation to our building fund,” Aliquippa Superintendent Phillip K. Woods also wrote in the press release. “We are thrilled to incorporate the funds into our building project to provide the best gaming experience for our student-athletes and fans. The District would also like to thank The Wilson Group for the scholarship in honor of (Wilson’s) son, Kyle. The funds will help student-athletes continue their education. We are fortunate and grateful for this partnership.

Once the crown jewel of western Pennsylvania’s high school football fields, Carl A. Ashman Stadium is in need of a major renovation. In recent months there have been discussions among Aliquippa officials suggesting that it might be time to build a new field.

Instead, the 84-year-old facility, built in 1937, will undergo renovations this year. The Wilson Group’s donation of $25,000 will contribute to this project.

“The Pit” was made famous for its uniqueness and for being home to one of the best football programs in the state, but the facility has been in steady decline for years, leaving the school has no choice but to address the many safety issues surrounding the stadium this offseason with a massive overhaul.

Improvements will include the removal of all concrete bleachers, which will be replaced with aluminum bleachers, as well as renovated restrooms, concession stand and press facilities, energy-efficient lighting and accessibility for people with disabilities. The biggest change will be to the playing surface, as artificial turf will replace the current natural turf, which has resulted in some Quips home playoff games being moved to other venues with grass pitches.

Contact Joshua Carney at [email protected] or 724-681-9136. Follow Joshua on Twitter: @ByJoshCarney.

About the author