Spring ISD to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new stadium
31 August 2018
Spring Independent School District is hosting community celebration to mark the groundbreaking for its new stadium this weekend.
The stadium, which will include football, soccer, band competitions and other events, is being built on 117 acres off Cypresswood Drive just south of Burchett Elementary School and will feature a turf field and seating for up to 8,500 fans.
Spring ISD’s ceremonial event is open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at 23802 Cypresswood Drive.
There will be student entertainment, student athletes as well as comments from Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney E. Watson, board President Rhonda Newhouse and NFL Super Bowl champion Tony Ugoh, Westfield graduate.
Other guests feature Spring ISD trustees, musicians, and JROTC representatives.
“We’re hoping the entire community is going to come out for this special milestone celebration,” said Karen Garrison, Spring ISD director of communications.
For the groundbreaking event, parking will be limited. Shuttle bus service will be provided from neighboring Bailey Middle School at 3377 James Leo Drive starting at 8:45 a.m. until after the ceremony.
“We’re recommending that people take advantage of the shuttle buses to get to the stadium site,” Garrison said. “Because believe me not everybody is going to want to try to navigate on the primitive conditions to get to the groundbreaking site. It’s a great way for people to not have to worry about their cars getting all dusty from the construction site.”
Leonard George Stadium, the current stadium, is roughly 50 years old and no longer meets the provisions of a modern school district, officials say.
“This stadium was made possible by voters who turned out to support our Bond 2016,” Watson said. “We are very excited to be able to share this milestone with the entire Spring ISD community.”
The replacement stadium is set to open in the third quarter of 2019.
“We’re super excited about this replacement stadium project,” Garrison said. “The current stadium doesn’t really meet the needs of a modern school district in terms of accessibility and proper locker room facilities for home and away teams.”
The new 19,650-square-foot field house will have locker rooms, district athletic offices, and a 6,300-square-foot community room with seats for up to 300 people.
A memorial plaza will be added as a special feature to honor service members from the Spring area.
“We felt like the stadium, which is really a community gathering place, would be a great place to also put this memorial to honor the service of veterans from the area,” Garrison said.