The Alvin (Texas) Independent School District has purchased a 98-acre site in the new Meridiana master-planned community for a 10,000-seat stadium that would open in 2018.
The facility will have a two-level press box with dedicated space for coaches, scouts from other high schools and universities, a timer’s box, announcer’s box, areas for media and scoreboard operation. It also will include an open concourse, concession stands, first aid stations, modern scoreboard and restrooms.
“It certainly will offer all of the amenities anyone could expect in a public school stadium complex,” says Associate Superintendent Patrick Miller says
The stadium will have easy access to highways and be convenient for visiting teams and families.
Rise Communities, developer of the Meridiana community, says in a news release that the stadium will include administrative offices for the district's athletic department along with home, visitors and officials locker rooms behind one end zone. The other end of the stadium will house an Alumni Center for educational events, school banquets, athletic competitions and alumni reunions.
Elevated about four feet above the playing field, the Alumni Center will offer guests the opportunity to watch games from inside the facility or from a covered terrace platform.
The site will provide a parking space for every four seats in the stadium. A satellite transportation center behind the stadium will be used to transport students to events at other campuses.
Miller says land is available at the site for a future district natatorium and fine arts center. The stadium capacity can be expanded to 12,000 seats if the district deems it necessary.
After its first year, both the Alumni Center and stadium will be available for non-profit organizations to rent based on availability.
Miller expects construction to begin this fall once the board solicits bids and selects a general contractor.