NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf High School’s Des Little Stadium is going to have a new look and feel this year.
The New Port Richey-area school’s home side bleachers are getting a complete makeover and the work continues on transitioning the stands to a more modern look.
The county did an assessment of Gulf High’s concrete grandstands last year and deemed them unsafe for seating with fans.
The home stands will now look like most other Pasco County schools, with aluminum bleachers like many of the newer facilities such as Cypress Creek, Anclote and Sunlake. Mitchell High School also had its home side bleachers recently revamped because the stands were unbalanced and deemed unsafe.
Schools that already feature aluminum bleachers are J.W. Mitchell High School, Fivay High School, Anclote High School, Cypress Creek High School, Sunlake High School and Wiregrass Ranch High School.
The Buccaneers are also working to get their football program back together. The Buccaneers played seven out of a possible 10 games in 2019 and had to forfeit the final three games due to injuries and a lack of players.
Returning for his second season at the helm is former Pasco High School assistant Daniel McLeod, who had a tough first year with the Buccaneers. Faced with limited player numbers, it was an uphill battle for McLeod and Gulf’s football program. Gulf only scored 14 points last season, but a growing number of players is boosting hopes for the Buccaneers heading into this fall.
With high school football on hold for the moment, though, it’s up in the air if fans will get to sit in the new bleachers.
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