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Fox Cities Stadium construction expected to be complete by April 1


GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - The final push in the construction of Fox Cities Stadium is ongoing.

It began last September, but will the upgrades be finished in time for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' home opener on April 8?

"Roughly 95 percent complete, just a couple weeks to go, it's a lot of fine-tuning," Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav told FOX 11 during a sneak peek Tuesday.

Zerjav says work is on schedule to finish April 1 and he said the cost should come in at about it's $6 million budget.

But winter construction has been challenging at times.

"It was a little bit more difficult, because we got some odd rains in the middle of January," explained Nick Mueller, the project manager with the Boldt Company.

Mueller told FOX 11 the stadium provided difficulties too. The 75-95 workers on a daily basis can only access it from one direction. 

"It's been a challenge getting everybody in through one major artery," said Mueller. 

Zerjav said some of the highlights for fans are expanded concession areas and restrooms. He said that will cut down wait times. 

The team also added a new level with suites and club seating. 

One of the most important additions is a banquet hall on the club level, which will enable the Timber Rattlers to do year-round business. 

"The west side of Appleton, there's not a whole lot out here, from a banquet standpoint, so we kind of fill that niche," says Zerjav. 

The venue has already booked about a dozen weddings.  Zerjav told us the area also has seating during games and will stay open as a sports bar two hours after the games end.