JEFFERSON – Fans of Jefferson ISD will see major updates to the district’s WF Lockett Bulldog Stadium when the new school year begins in August.
Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said the district’s approximately $4 million update project at the stadium is currently underway.
The stadium, which is located at 1199 N. Cass St. in Jefferson, is currently receiving a host of new updates that fans and students will notice as soon as they start approaching the facility.
“We are updating the press room, stadium lighting, fencing, re-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 fully renovated right now as work began just before the end of the school year, requiring the district to host Jefferson High School’s annual graduation ceremony at the district’s baseball field 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 election isn’t necessary for the approximately $4 million stadium updates because the district will use money from its surplus general fund.
Last year, the stadium received a new $36,000 scoreboard, thanks to a private donation from Lee Haggard of Riverside Bank.