Burkburnett’s football stadium feud story featured in ‘Texas Monthly’

BURKBURNETT (KFDX / KJTL) – The October issue of Texas monthly shared the story of a Wichita Falls tanker who decided to drill an oil well through the turf of Burkburnett football stadium and the ensuing battle throughout the 1972 football season.

Almost 50 years later, the football stadium was doomed after a structural report revealed that the concrete bleacher support pipes, once donated by local oil companies, were rusted.

The article written by Jeff Miller details the efforts of the Burkburnett ISD school board and oil tanker Samuel Walton to retain or gain access to the football field, all as the football team has enjoyed its most successful season in years.

On August 20, 2021, the Bulldog’s Stadium structural report was released with the recommendation that no crowds be allowed on the stands until improvements and repairs can be made.

At a special school board meeting, it was decided that a new stadium would not be built. Instead, the concrete bleachers would be replaced with aluminum bleachers which would also serve to increase the stadium’s capacity.

To read the whole Texas monthly story, click here.

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