The Wilder Stadium renovation project, previously scheduled to be ready in time for Laurens’ visit to Clinton in the football season opener on Aug. 31, has been put off until season’s end.

“We decided, at this point, it would be more disruptive for construction to be ongoing during the season than to wait until after football season to do it,” District 56 superintendent Dr. David O’Shields said on Thursday. “Upon consulting with the construction company, we decided it would be better for our stadium to be fully functional when Laurens visits for the opening game and throughout the season.”

The $1.7 million project is the first phase of a renovation process, approved by the Office of School Facilities of the State Department of Education. The money will spent on repairs to the venerable stadium on the site where the Red Devils have played football since 1960. It was enlarged and renovated extensively in 1975.

Once completed, the stadium will be repaired and fitted with a new concessions/restroom plaza and an expanded area for handicapped access. The stadium hosted soccer home games for the first time this spring.

Two weeks before the official season opener, Clinton will hold its annual Jamboree on Aug. 10, with Woodruff scheduled to take on Saluda for a half, followed by Clinton vs. Brookland-Cayce.