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  • What is happening with the old football stadium?

  • Several questions were asked about the old footballl stadium in El Dorado and its future.
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  • Several questions were asked about the old footballl stadium in El Dorado and its future.
    The question
    Do teams still practice there? 
    The Answer
    Our teams do not, although we have maintained the field for the potential should our new soccer program create a need for additional practice space.  At the current time the field is primarily used by the Junior Wildcat Football program, who stripes their own field and pays the utility bills for electricity.
    The question
    Are any community events held there?
    The Answer
    No scheduled events are held there, although as long as the track and field have integrity, we allow public use.  We will sometimes see adult flag football teams playing or walkers on the track.  Also, the Junior Wildcat Football team sometimes uses the main field as well as their practice field from time to time.
    The question
    Is the water and electric still on?
    The Answer
    Yes, although the main field light poles were beginning to degrade, so were removed as were all components for the press box systems.  We do not maintain the restrooms for public use and the water to them has been turned off to prevent pipes freezing in cold weather.  The only water use is for the Junior Wildcat Football concession building and watering the field to maintain it for potential practices.
    The question
    How much does upkeep cost?
    The Answer
    Just the expenses for watering and mowing, since the Jr. Wildcat Football organization pays for their electric use.  We do maintain the drive as we have moved the Jefferson bus loading to that entrance, helping alleviate traffic congestion and improve student safety at drop off and pick up.
    The question
    What are the plans for the old stadium?
    The Answer
    For the immediate future, we will maintain the playing field for potential practices, for our lease agreement with Junior Wildcat Football, and to allow community members to continue to access the track and field for public recreational use.  However, demolition of the no-longer utilized press box is planned, visitors seating was already demolished as it began to degrade and become unsafe, and the district will not allocate resources to maintain the track or remaining bleacher seating.  It is the location identified by the District Facilities Committee for an eventual mid-town K-5 elementary school replacing the current Jefferson and Lincoln facilities when funding is available and enrollment dictates the need in that area.

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