The renovation of the visitors side of Mississippi Valley State's Rice-Totten Stadium is underway.
So far, the bleachers have been removed and all "hazardous materials have been abated" from the East Grandstand, a MVSU spokesperson confirmed. Also, the demolition contract was awarded to Bayou Pipeline of Cleveland for $180,000, said Public Relations Director Debbie Montgomery.
The visitors side will be demolished by crane. The actual date the demolition will begin is unknown.
The bid to replace the stadium will begin March 3. As of now, the project is still on schedule, said Montgomery. The Delta Devils are still scheduled to open their 2011 season in Itta Bena, after be forced to play three home games at Greenville-Weston High in 2010.
The Jackson State and MVSU basketball game Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Itta Bena has a lot on the line, as the Delta Devils (11-17, 10-5 SWAC) remain a half game out of second place in the SWAC behind the Tigers (14-12, 10-4).
And with MVSU expecting their largest home crowd of the season, Valley officials have advised fans to get to the game early due to limited parking because of the renovation of Rice-Totten Stadium.
"Folks are going to have to do some walking," said Montgomery, who added that the school will open all exits after the game to help the flow of traffic.
The women tip off at 2 p.m. and the men follow around 4:30.