Carthage Schools Explore Building New Stadium - KOAM TV 7

Carthage Schools Explore Building New Stadium

CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -    School district officials in Carthage, Missouri  have received the green light to look into building a new football stadium.

Why? Because football games at the current Carthage stadium are crowded. So much so that  when big rivals are played portable potties are added because old restrooms can't get the job done.

Concession stands are small on both sides of the field. And bleachers , like the stadium itself built in the 1960's, are aging

The athletic director Andy Youngworth says,  "You want to look at the bleachers  themselves, they're starting to lean forward."

The board bought land when it built the new high school in 2008 so the stadium could be constructed on the southeast corner of the property.

Board president Michael Goolsby says,  "We'll have all that parking that's there with the high school to use for the new stadium.  So that's a good way to dual purpose that parking lot."

A new field would have turf, instead of grass like the old field, and more track lanes which could open the door to hosting competitions.

Youngworth says,  "Both conference and district track meets have to be run on an eight lane track and we have a seven lane track ."

Officials say building a new stadium wouldn't just benefit  the school district but the community as a whole.

Goolsby says, "It's a community  resource. We have our graduation at our stadium so it will be good to have improved seating for all the people who want to come to graduation, instead of having to make them stand  once the bleachers are full."

Superintendent Blaine Henningsen adds,  "Our marching band likes to use it for marching band competition.  Our little league football,  pee wee footballers use it on weekends. And  Relay for Life. We do lots of things out there and we just need to upgrade the facility."

The superintendent says similar stadiums have cost five to ten million dollars to build.

But Henningsen says of construction costs, "We have done  lots of things in the district in the last two or three years  in improving our facilities without raising taxes.  That will be one of the options we explore."

A new stadium is what the community has said it wanted in a Carthage 2020 survey after more classrooms which are under construction now and an early childhood center which is built.

Henningsen says, "This is just the next thing on the list."

And  he hopes to come back next month with some recommendations.

     Goolsby tells us the board will seek community input.

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