Media sneak peek of the historic Alamo Stadium’s improvements through SAISD Bond 2010

Media Advisory

What:  Media sneak peek of the historic Alamo Stadium’s improvements through SAISD Bond 2010

When:  Tuesday (Aug. 12), 10 a.m.

Who:  Dr. Sylvester Perez, SAISD Superintendent
            Kamal ElHabr, Associate Superintendent, Facilities Services
            Frank Arnold, Interim Athletic Director

Where:  Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta Drive Park in Convocation Center parking lot off of Tuleta and enter stadium through visitor’s side north gate or the breezeway connecting the Convocation Center and stadium.

Media are invited to get a preview of the extensive renovations to this 74-year-old facility – in advance of the rededication ceremony planned for the community on Aug. 16. The stadium, together with the adjacent Convocation Center which reopened in January, received $35 million in much-needed renovations under SAISD Bond 2010.

Improvements to this beloved sporting and special-events venue were completed while maintaining the facility’s historic integrity and rich past. Alamo Stadium was constructed in 1939, partially funded by a Works Progress Administration grant, and the Convocation Center opened in 1949. Both were named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Renovations were made to the restrooms, locker rooms, concession, press box, play areas, seating, storage, sports lighting, sound systems and security, infrastructure (electrical, plumbing), storm drainage system, sidewalks, parking, stone wall restoration, lighting, landscaping and irrigation, and Americans with Disability Act access, including an elevator to accommodate wheelchair use.

Alamo Stadium will be completed on time for the start of the school year, and within budget. Highlights include:

  • Turf – For the first time, the turf has been striped to accommodate soccer, in addition to football. The turf will provide a real-grass experience, with standing grass-like fiber blades and a padded softness created by the rubber pellets that weigh it down.
  • Digital scoreboard – This new approximately 44-feet wide by 24-feet tall Daktronics digital scoreboard with video display will provide a more personal experience for game-goers and will bring Alamo Stadium into the 21st century. Comparable to that found at many Division I universities, this scoreboard will offer video replays and close-up images of fans in the stands, as well as student athletes and performers.
  • All-weather track – Track athletes will have a brand-new surface on which to compete.
  • Press box – This part of the stadium still is in progress but will be larger and will feature two new outer stair towers, giving presence to the stadium entrance.
  • Seating – The stadium’s old seating has been removed and replaced by new, colorful aluminum benches.
  • Locker rooms – New locker rooms that feature brand-new showers with privacy stalls and restrooms are nearly completed.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act – The number of seats dedicated to persons with disabilities has increased under the renovations, and an elevator that will provide easier access to persons in wheelchairs will be installed.
  • Concessions – The concession stands have been completely refurbished and outfitted with new stainless steel equipment and will provide greater service capacity.

The rededication ceremony on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. will include more than 2,000 SAISD student athletes, band members and spirit groups.

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