Brig. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks during the 2012 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hood Stadium at Fort Hood.

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.

(1) comment


You get what you pay for. 40K in rental fees is a joke, and that's why Hood stadium is a joke. It's no better than the bleachers HHHS, EHS and SHS have on site.
Why are we putting 360K into a sub par facility? Is Fort Hood offsetting the rent? Who owns the buildings after KISD pays for them? In the future will we (KISD) have to rent the buildings we (KISD) bought?
How much is KISD losing in lost revenue because games at Hood are less sparsely attended than at Buckley?
Seems like a waste of money.
Let the kids play at Buckley even if it means scheduling Thursday and Saturday games.

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