Fire Damages Electrical System At Riverfront Stadium
The city of Waterloo is facing a bill that is likely to exceed 50-thousand dollars to restore electricity to Riverfront Stadium following an electrical fire on Jan 4. Waterloo Leisure Services Director Paul Huting says investigators don’t yet know what caused the fire -- or the exact amount of damage it caused.
The stadium, itself, was not damaged by the fire, but the entire electrical system was knocked out. According to Huting, the now-scorched utility panels were built outside the stadium in 2008 on an elevated platform to protect them from flooding. He’s hopeful winter weather won’t hamper repairs.
The Waterloo Bucks play their home games at Riverfront Stadium each summer. A generator is currently supplying power to the team's business office, which is inside the stadium. Huting says it’s important that the electrical system be repaired as soon as possible, but no timeline has been set.
The Waterloo Bucks' 2021 home opener at Riverfront Stadium is scheduled for June 3.