Sierra High School set to begin construction of $3 million football stadium this winter | High school sports

Sierra High School football will begin play in a $3 million on-campus stadium next year.

The school announced Tuesday that construction will begin this winter on a complex that will include 1,000-seat bleachers, a field house containing concessions and restrooms, and a media room. A new grass pitch and a resurfaced track in place of the existing complex will also be included. There will also be new lighting.

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Construction is expected to be complete in August 2023, in time for the Stallions to play regularly on their campus for the first time since the school opened nearly four decades ago. The program had long shared the Veterans Memorial Stadium located at Harrison High School, which is also part of District 2.

“This is going to be a huge investment for the southeast side of Colorado Springs,” Sierra Athletic manager Robert Bentley said. “This is going to bring our community, our school and our district to life.”

A bond issued by the school district in 2018 allocated Sierra $14 million to $20 million for improvements. These funds will be used for the football complex and have been invested in a new softball field which was built this year for $300,000. A new tennis facility is also being built.

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Recently, the Sierra campus stadium has seen little use. Last year, when Harrison’s Veterans Memorial Stadium was unable to provide lighting, a Mitchell vs. Sierra football game was moved to the existing field. The school said the logistics were not in place to hold regular football matches.

Renders of the new country house and complex have been vacated by the school.

The football team will continue to play home games at the Harrison campus while waiting for the new Sierra complex. Other sports, such as boys’ and girls’ soccer, will continue to be played on the Stallions campus grounds until construction begins in December 2022 or January 2023.

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