Updates Continue at Jefferson ISD Football Stadium | Local News

JEFFERSON — Jefferson Bulldog fans will see major updates to the school district’s WF Lockett Bulldog Stadium when the school year begins in August.

Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said the approximately $4 million project at the stadium is underway.

The stadium, at 1199 N. Cass St. in Jefferson, is undergoing a host of updates that spectators will notice as soon as they begin to approach the facility.

“We are updating the press room, stadium lighting, fencing, grassing the pitch and installing new parking,” Barnwell said. “We had a lot of drainage issues on the playing surface, and it was going to cost a lot of money to fix it even if we left it as natural grass. We think it was behind schedule for the upgrade of the pitch, so we thought it would be best to go ahead and install artificial turf.

The parking lot is being renovated, and work began just before the end of the past school year, requiring the district to host Jefferson High School’s graduation ceremony at the district baseball diamond instead of the stadium.

Barnwell said the drainage issue was not the only pressing project on the stadium’s update list.

“The other areas we are addressing also had serious needs,” he said.

Barnwell said while there is still a lot of work to be completed, the majority of the turf work is complete.

“The turf work is pretty much done,” he said. “The rest of the work is expected to be completed by mid to late August.”

Barnwell said a bond referendum was not needed for stadium updates because the district will use money from its general fund.

Last year, the stadium received a new scoreboard worth $36,000 through a private donation from Lee Haggard of Riverside Bank.

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