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Understand the Bond: Memorial Stadium Upgrades

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Wichita Falls Independent School District’s $125 million proposed bond could bring about changes to a major fixture in the area.

Built in 1970, Memorial Stadium is home to many high school and Midwestern State University athletic games and community events.  If voters approve the bond, the stadium will be getting an upgrade.  

“The stadium is the focal point for a lot of things that go on in our community.  $8.5 million is slated out of the $125 million bond to improve and make improvements at Memorial Stadium,” said W.F.I.S.D. School Board President Kevin Goldstein.

One of the biggest upgrades will be made to the parking lot, which will cost about $3.5 million to $4 million.

“If anyone has been out there on the parking lot, there are definitely some major renovations that need to be done to the area.  Going into the stadium, the parking and the parking lot of the stadium itself,” said Goldstein.

Other renovations will include stadium paving, and concession stand improvements along with locker room and press box expansion.  In addition, a bus security enclosure will be created along with new stadium fencing.  The stadium would also become more accessible to the handicapped.

Goldstein said the upgrades are necessary for people to continue enjoying the stadium.

“I think it’s going to give more of a positive experience for those that are coming into the community and seeing Wichita Falls.  And of course, the athletes that participate in it will get a better quality field and better facility,” he said.

Memorial Stadium can seat over 14,500 fans.  If the bond passes, the next stage involving the stadium planning process with architects and engineers could start as early as June.

Wichita Falls residents will vote for this proposed bond on Saturday, May 10th.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6.