Origins of the Mason County Fieldhouse?

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    Origins of the Mason County Fieldhouse?

    Was very young when it was being built and eventually opened and was wondering how did the money and building of The Fieldhouse come about? How long did it take to build,etc.? Was there other considerations in its location from where it was eventually built? Was there opposition? Was the plan to build one of the biggest high school gyms in the state? I could understand how a community the size of Mason County and Maysville and all of its resources now could build a gym like that , but how was it done back then? Have always been curious about these questions and as some one that lives a county away from there, am thankful to have it, but wondering how it came about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All In View Post
    Was very young when it was being built and eventually opened and was wondering how did the money and building of The Fieldhouse come about? How long did it take to build,etc.? Was there other considerations in its location from where it was eventually built? Was there opposition? Was the plan to build one of the biggest high school gyms in the state? I could understand how a community the size of Mason County and Maysville and all of its resources now could build a gym like that , but how was it done back then? Have always been curious about these questions and as some one that lives a county away from there, am thankful to have it, but wondering how it came about.
    I remember well when they were deciding to build the Fieldhouse, some thought it was too big and was going to cost too much, but the way it worked out they made a great decision. It's one nice facility. My friend was the head forman that built that gym. He was also the forman that built the St Patrick gym. Mason was sure planning ahead and made a good decision. I don't understand why Montgomery Co didn't build one to equal the capacity of the Fieldhouse ,although they also have a nice facility.

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    [QUOTE=Waldo;3742028]I remember well when they were deciding to build the Fieldhouse, some thought it was too big and was going to cost too much, but the way it worked out they made a great decision. It's one nice facility. My friend was the head forman that built that gym. He was also the forman that built the St Patrick gym. Mason was sure planning ahead and made a good decision. I don't understand why Montgomery Co didn't build one to equal the capacity of the Fieldhouse ,although they also have a nice facility.[/QUOTE]

    Was told by our adm. that the state will only let you build to a certain maximum. The same capacity as Montgomery Co has . To build larger, you have to have private funding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo View Post
    I remember well when they were deciding to build the Fieldhouse, some thought it was too big and was going to cost too much, but the way it worked out they made a great decision. It's one nice facility. My friend was the head forman that built that gym. He was also the forman that built the St Patrick gym. Mason was sure planning ahead and made a good decision. I don't understand why Montgomery Co didn't build one to equal the capacity of the Fieldhouse ,although they also have a nice facility.[/QUOTE]

    Was told by our adm. that the state will only let you build to a certain maximum. The same capacity as Montgomery Co has . To build larger, you have to have private funding.
    Must have not been the case back in the early 60's when Mason built their's. Times change and Government rules change. I wonder if Clark Co had their bleachers all there and working ,how many would it seat.

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    Ah, the house that Ronnie Lyons built.

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    [QUOTE=Waldo;3742094][QUOTE=gold sunrise;3742068]

    Must have not been the case back in the early 60's when Mason built their's. Times change and Government rules change. I wonder if Clark Co had their bleachers all there and working ,how many would it seat.[/QUOTE]

    I was told 4500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckshockey View Post
    Ah, the house that Ronnie Lyons built.
    I knew Ronnie well and don't think he had that kind of money!

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    I believe the construction company that built the Fieldhouse was called the East End Construction Company, but not 100% sure. Andy Mitchell was the owner.

    Still a centerpiece in a town of 8,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    I believe the construction company that built the Fieldhouse was called the East End Construction Company, but not 100% sure. Andy Mitchell was the owner.

    Still a centerpiece in a town of 8,000.
    Was there private funding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    Was there private funding?
    I don't know; I didn't move to Maysville until 1979. What little I do know is due to the fact that I worked with Mr. Mitchell's daughter for about 25 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    I don't know; I didn't move to Maysville until 1979. What little I do know is due to the fact that I worked with Mr. Mitchell's daughter for about 25 years.
    I understand I didn't move to Clark Co till 1992. Any info you can dig up would be appreciated.

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    Maybe SumoRoyal or one of the other Royals faithful can help out with the history and background of The Fieldhouse. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    I believe the construction company that built the Fieldhouse was called the East End Construction Company, but not 100% sure. Andy Mitchell was the owner.

    Still a centerpiece in a town of 8,000.
    Thats correct and Bill Staton was the head forman for that project. East End Construction did most of the bigger projects at this time.

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    On a related note, I've been told that when Mason County High School was created, princilap Elza Whalen ruled with an iron fist. They say that he didn't want to see letterman's jackets from the small high schools that were consolidated; felt that it would undermine the new school's unity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo View Post
    Thats correct and Bill Staton was the head forman for that project. East End Construction did most of the bigger projects at this time.
    Yes they did. The vo-tech school was one of them, I'm pretty sure.

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