After five decades without a football team, the Snook Bluejays formed a team and started college play in 2010. But they had to travel for all of their games and had no field to play on. Now that all changes with Burleson County’s first turf football field. After ten long years of waiting, Snook’s football team finally has a home: Bluejay Stadium.
Snook ISD Superintendent Brenda Krchnak is excited to open Bluejay Stadium. “I think it’s going to be great for our community. They’re going to have that real Friday Night Lights feeling without having to travel week after week after week to keep up with our team. Our students will have a welcoming ground to come to be proud of. live this high school tradition and really experience it,” exclaimed Krchnak.
Snook’s head football coach, Boone Patterson, added: “During this season with our kids, they don’t really know what to expect. They thought of their pitch as the Allen Academy pitch, maybe. to be Caldwell’s pitch once in a while They were home games on the schedule but I kept telling them it was going to be a whole new animal when it’s actually your pitch you’re playing on and your community that you play in. It’s a special feeling that they’re excited to experience, and we can’t wait to do that.”
The brand new stadium is part of a tie that was first introduced in 2017 but rejected. The bond was passed in 2018. Krchnak said construction began last year on several projects. “One of the big additions is a new secondary cafeteria, theater/fine arts room, we renovated a CTE classroom, built a new DAEP and alternative learning center, and then got the track eight lanes, the football field, renovated the baseball diamond and have a seating capacity of 900 for a home game in Snook, Texas.”
Coach Patterson said the football stadium will benefit more than just his team. “Having a stadium like this where you can host not only football games but also athletic competitions, graduations and community events. We have specially designed lights for the community to get out and walk around .” Patterson added, “It’s going to become more of the central community hub that Snook really needs and has wanted for a long time.”
No one has yet been able to use the recently completed grass pitch due to the COVID-19 pandemic which shut everything down. It will be a welcome reunion when the students return and have that inaugural kickoff at Bluejay Stadium.
“Everyone involved is ready to see kids smiling, laughing and running down the halls like before,” Patterson said.