New Sports Complex for Superior High School
Posted at: 10/15/2013 10:09 PM
| Updated at: 10/15/2013 10:27 PM
By: Travis Dill
The Superior School Board unanimously approved plans for a new $4 million sports complex on Tuesday, and officials said construction costs will not hit taxpayers.
The district has been working on a new sports facility since 1990 when officials said the football field aged past its prime. Over 20 years later the approval is exciting for most students, but bittersweet for some according to Superior High School Assistant Principal Ray Kosey.
“The seniors this year on the football team are disappointed. To them it's happening one year too late, but I know the underclassmen are really excited to have the opportunity to play at a Spartan stadium on our campus,” Kosey said.
He said the high school athletes have been lucky to play on the fields at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, but the new plan calls for a turf football field right behind the school. Kosey said the turf means an earlier start for spring sports like baseball and soccer.
The plans, designed by the Rettler Corporation, call for new track and field facilities in addition football bleachers that will seat 3,000 people. A new building for tickets, concessions and team rooms are planned well.
The $4 million price tag will be covered by money the district invested in the 1980's according to District Administrator Janna Stevens.
“In the early 80s we separated from the city and a significant amount of money was given back to the district. The board at that time had a very forward vision, forward view to say, 'Invest it. We don't need that money now so let it grow,'” Stevens said.
She said that means no new taxes for residents. Stevens said the complex will be used for physical education and other programs like the marching band, but the facilities are meant to be an addition for the whole community.
“We're hopeful we can partner with the community in a number of ways to have this be a shining star for our community, for our city, and something to really celebrate,” Steven said.
School officials said construction could begin as soon as next spring, and if things go smoothly the Spartans could be playing football on new turf by next fall.