Cleveland High School's Raider Arena construction approaches final stretch

Sidewalk and pavement projects are scheduled to begin in January for Cleveland High School's Raider Arena. The last major interior work to be completed is the installation of wooden floors and bleacher seating. School officials have announced plans to host 2016 graduation ceremonies in the facility.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - City school officials are counting down the months until the construction of Cleveland High School's Raider Arena is completed.

The $11 million Raider Arena replaces the high school's landmark Raider Dome, which closed in December 2013. Construction of the new facility began in November 2014.

Wooden floors are being installed in the new gymnasium and bleacher seating will follow that, principal Autumn O'Bryan said during a recent tour of the facility.

O'Bryan praised the understated, light-colored wood selected for the arena's playing court.

"The court will be outlined in Raider blue, but other court marks will be in natural colors," she said.

In a recent report to the city school board, Tri-Con Construction project manager Cason Conn estimated all major work would be completed before spring. Conn said installation of the gymnasium floor is expected to be finished before the end of January, and it will take another 30 days to completely install the facility's 2,700-seat capacity bleachers.