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NEWS ADVISORY

March 31, 2010
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, City of Lodi (209) 333-6801

Lodi Grape Bowl may receive $1 million in private funding

Long-time community partner to provide creative solution

The Lodi City Council will consider accepting $1 million from a local business to spend on overdue repairs to the Grape Bowl, a stadium that has served Lodi for 70 years, at the April 7 meeting.

A representative from the Save the Grape Bowl fund-raising campaign previously approached Waste Management, Lodi’s environmental services provider, for a donation to help upgrade the Depression-era stadium. After working with the City on a creative solution with mutual benefits, Waste Management offered to provide $1 million to the City to bring the stadium toward modern standards.

If approved by the City Council, the $1 million in private funding could cover a portion of the cost to install all-weather field turf, as well as build handicapped-accessible restrooms and concession stands.

With other improvements, such as wheelchair-accessible ramps, already constructed at the Grape Bowl, the additional $1 million will result in a City facility that can meet the needs of all its visitors.

For further information from the City of Lodi, contact Jeff Hood, communications specialist, at (209) 333-6801. For questions regarding Waste Management, contact Justin Caporusso at (916) 501-4280.

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