LIMA — With the recent name change of Lima Stadium to Spartan Stadium, many misconceptions have arisen as to what the agreement between Lima City Schools and Lima Central Catholic really is.
Lima Central Catholic plays various athletic events at the stadium per an agreement signed Nov. 19, 2009, between LCC and the Lima City School District Board of Education.
Jill Ackerman, Lima schools superintendant, finds that a common misunderstanding is who owns the stadium. The stadium is owned by Lima schools and has been since the mid-1930s.
Ackerman compared LCC using the stadium to a community group using a room in the school building. The school owns the building but the community can use it.
“Everything that we own is used by the community,” Ackerman said.
Lima schools gets first priority for the use of the stadium, according to the agreement valid through 2034. LCC gets second priority over all other users, unless another user put in a request before LCC did.
For each usage of the stadium, LCC will pay Lima schools a “usage fee,” which is based on the personnel cost and the lighting cost, if lighting is used. Personnel cost is based on cost information that Lima schools provides LCC by March 1 of each year. Lighting costs also are re-evaluated every year but cannot be below $100.
If LCC did not have the agreement it does with Lima schools, it would also be subject to a rental fee, which would have required it to pay an additional $13,750 for the 27 events it used the stadium for last year, according to the Lima schools treasurer’s office.
Lima schools will provide the use of stadium lights, the public address system and the scoreboard system for LCC as long as they are functional for whenever LCC uses the stadium.
In addition, LCC may choose to operate concessions during varsity football games and designate who will operate those concessions. If LCC chooses not to operate concessions, Lima schools may choose someone to operate the concessions. For events other than varsity football games, Lima schools can choose if it wants to operate concessions; if not, LCC can if it chooses.
Lima schools will provide custodial clean-up after LCC uses the stadium, unless LCC decides to provide that itself. If so, Lima schools can still provide one employee to be present during clean-up. Lima schools will also provide someone to close and lock the stadium.