Two years after SAISD voters approved a $500,000 bond package, renovations on the districts historic Alamo Stadium have finally broken ground.
Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools ceremoniously broke through a banner in pep rally fashion as the keys to Alamo Stadium were handed off to contractors to begin the 18-month reconstruction. Alamo Stadium is a piece of history for the entire city.
The $35 million in renovations is the largest since the stadium was built in 1939 using rocks from the quarry that is now the zoo.
To SAISD Board President Ed Garza, the reconstruction is a celebration of its history, "but also look into the future. All of the changes in culture, sports, athletics, curriculum, we have to make sure that our facilities are equipped for the expectations of the next generation."
Earlier this year, a split between several renovation plans regarding the size of the football and soccer field and track caused heated debate. The final plans include ADA compliance, new restrooms and locker rooms and press box. The convocation center will receive a new roof and air conditioning system. SAISD Athletic Director Gil Garza said the improved facilities may attract new students participate in sports.
"We’re going to be able to host a lot of playoff games, which would be good revenue for the district," Garza said. "It’s just like going into a new house, you feel good about it and I think the kids are going to feel great about playing in here."
During the renovations, games will be played at the district’s sports complex at Burbank, the Wheatley Heights Sports Complex and their home schools.