The 2014 varsity high school football season is just 66 days away, but some things could change for the four Killeen Independent School District teams.
Killeen ISD held an agenda item informational session last week to discuss the Fort Hood Stadium memorandum for the 2014 football season.
But some members of the board are not fans of using the facility for varsity sports.
“As nice a facility as it is, it is not a (Class) 6A facility,” KISD board member Corbett Lawler said. “I would rather ask our kids to play at (Leo) Buckley (Stadium) on a Thursday night than play on Fort Hood on Friday night.”
The item was tabled until the next KISD board meeting July 8.
In June 2013, the KISD School Board approved $360,000 to build two multi-use facilities, which will function as dressing rooms for Hood Stadium, by a 4-3 vote.
KISD is renting the stadium in order to avoid having Thursday night games at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The cost for renting Hood Stadium for nine games during the 2013 season was $39,852, according to Megan Bradley, chief financial officer for KISD. The cost includes facilities rental, staff support (security, ushers and custodial), electric and water costs.
Lawler’s main concern was with security. Hood Stadium has stands only on one side of the field, meaning fans from both teams share a set of bleachers.
“I still have concern with security at the place due to crowds,” Lawler said. “I’ve been in those situations when you have crowds on the same side.”
According to a Department of the Army memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hood and KISD, the district will section off the bleachers to separate the two fan groups using a temporary barrier.
Lawler also cited on-field concerns like locker rooms with no air conditioning or heating and the need for teams to purchase additional cleats designed for grass. The latest round of University Interscholastic League realignment placed Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker into District 12-6A along with familiar district rivals Belton, Copperas Cove and Waco Midway.
Courtney Griffin contributed to this report.