Gatesville’s McKamie Stadium is about to experience some expensive alterations.
The Gatesville ISD school board approved a $1.559 million renovation project for the 47-year old stadium during a special meeting Wednesday evening. Among other things, the cost covers replacing the natural grass with turf and expanding the track to meet UIL regulations.
The highest bid received was $2.5 million and the lowest was $1.8 million, causing the school board to eliminate some proposed changes to the visitor sided stands in order to drop the price.
With Huckabee Architects overseeing the project, the plan is to begin work as soon as possible in order to complete it before the school year begins on August 26. Should it take longer, Gatesville head football coach and athletic director Kyle Cooper has arranged for the Hornets to play the season opener and second game at McGregor.
In addition to installing turf, the track will be resurfaced and the lanes will be widened to accommodate UIL regulations. Currently, the track is comprised of eight 36-inch lanes, which will be expanded to 42 inches each. It is possible the final coating of the track could be delayed if time becomes a factor.
Other renovations include modifying the stands to be more accessible to the handicapped and placing stands for the school band behind the end zone.
This is the first time the stadium has experienced extensive modifications since being constructed in 1966. The pressbox was renovated approximately nine years ago and the stadium’s lights were replaced two years ago.