Crews busy inside and outside downtown sports facility

If you’ve driven by the new downtown sports facility, you can see some noticeable changes to the structure as the project moves forward.

The most obvious is the removal of the interior and exterior wall panels and the roof. New panels and a new roof will be going in over the next several days, weather permitting.

Inside the building, all of the stone needed to raise the concrete floor has been delivered and concrete work on the new championship court is underway.

Outside the building, the new upper tier parking lot will begin to take shape where the old Rockford Linear Actuation factory and Rockford Public Schools administration building used to sit.

All site work has been awarded to Stenstrom Excavation Group.

The facility is expected to be ready to open in 2016.