June 22, 2018
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Bangor High’s Barry Gymnasium undergoes renovations

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Bangor High School athletic director Steve Vanidestine, right discusses carpet wall and gym divider curtain upgrades with school maintenance staff Bob Matthews, left and John Knowlton, center, Tuesday at Bangor High School's Red Barry Gym. The upgrades are part of the school's Barry Gym renovation which is slated for late September completion.
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Red Barry Gymnasium at Bangor High School will have a different look this fall after the first major renovation of the facility in more than two decades.

The wooden bleachers that were installed when the gymnasium was built in 1964 are being replaced by modern, plastic, cardinal-colored seating. Spectator capacity for the facility will remain about the same, Bangor athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine said, at approximately 1,200.

The three basketball courts in the gymnasium all have been sanded down and are being repainted, new padding has been installed on the walls beyond each basket — with the Bangor Ram logo just under the baskets — and the walls have been carpeted for safety purposes, according to Vandiestine.

“When you come into Red Barry Gymnasium you should see a different look,” he said.

One area that will remain the same is the wall of the gymnasium that is home to the 90 state championship banners the school has accumulated over the years, a concession to tradition done at the request of recently retired Bangor High School principal Norris Nickerson, Vanidestine said.

The renovations will be completed by late September.

Preseason doubleheader at UMaine

The start of high school football practices is less than two weeks away — Monday, Aug. 15 — but plans are in place for a preseason doubleheader at Alfond Stadium’s Morse Field on Friday, Aug. 26, the final weekend before regular season play begins.

John Bapst of Bangor will square off against Camden Hills of Rockport at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by Bangor against Hampden Academy.

One admission fee will be good for both games, and several extra activities are planned in conjunction with the games.

Among the reasons for holding the preseason games at UMaine is the chance to preserve Bangor and John Bapst’s home field at Cameron Stadium for the regular season.

“It’s going to be great for the kids,” said Vanidestine, “and hopefully people will look forward to coming to the games.”

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