Agreement reached for Florence Middle School, Braly Stadium

by Staff Writer Ciera Golliver

After 30 days of conflict, the UNA board of trustees and the Florence City Board of Education agreed on a compromise between the two institutions regarding the future of the Florence Middle School property and Braly Stadium.

UNA said the agreement addresses several of their concerns with Braly stadium, including parking and pedestrian access with the stadium, according to a UNA press release from Bryan Rachal March 22.

The agreement calls for the design to remove a strip of green space on the backside of the new building. This will create 21 parking spots for UNA to sell to fans as part of premium tickets, said Jennifer Edwards in a twitter post.

A third party will also takeover concessions for Braly Stadium. Proceeds will go toward stadium operations. Florence High School band boosters previously operated concessions with profits going to the band, Edwards said.

The UNA board of trustees met March 22 to approve a proposed agreement between the two Braly Stadium shareholders. The Florence Board of Education met March 21, according to the press release.

“UNA values Florence City Schools as an educational partner and looks forward to building on the tradition of collaboration that is the source of mutual pride between the two organizations,” Rachal said in the press release.

UNA President Ken Kitts and Florence Superintendent Connie Wallace pledged to work together to ensure both parties needs are met by the implementation of the agreement, according to the press release.