Stadium renovation ongoing
By Matt Ward —
There’s only a large ring of dirt in what used to be the field at Fredericksburg High School Stadium, where the District 27-3A champion Battlin’ Billie football team hosted the competition on five Friday nights each season.
Originally slated to begin renovation following Friday’s graduation ceremony, the construction timetable was moved up due to added work done on the track, which will expand from seven to eight lanes as part of the project.
Consequently, FHS graduation will be held this year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. A separate story in this issue details Friday’s commencement plans.
Initial expectations placed a 45-60-day construction timetable on the project, FHS athletic director and head football coach Lance Moffett said, but the track portion of the project forced the district to modify its projections, increasing the timetable to 60-90 days.
“Our contractors encouraged that if we’re going to have it ready to go by next fall, we’re going to have to start before June,” Moffett said.
Research into the history of the track also played a major factor.
“The sports engineer said that the lifespan of an asphalt track, just like a road, is about 25 years before it starts to break down,” Moffett said. “We thought we could just attach to the existing. We figured out that the track was about 24 years old and his opinion was that if we were going to do a new top surface, then it doesn’t make sense not to do the subsurface because of the age of the existing subsurface.”
The project is still on track, however, for the first home varsity football game against Austin Travis on Sept. 5.