Thursday, May 10, 2018
Cloudy weather did not dampen the spirits of students, staff and dignitaries present for a ground breaking ceremony on May 10 that kicked off construction on a new stadium at Harold S. Vincent High School. Scheduled to open for the spring sports season in 2019, the new facility will include a regulation field of synthetic turf and an eight-lane track suitable for hosting Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) events.
The new stadium will be designed according to current safety standards and will include a number of features to enhance the athlete and fan experiences and to extend the longevity of the facility.
• Eight-lane track suitable for WIAA track events
• Regulation field with synthetic turf for football and soccer
• Outdoor lighting
• Shot put/discus throw stations
• New ADA accessible bleachers for 1,200 spectators
• Home and away team rooms
• Press box
• Locker room for game officials
• Concession stand
• New scoreboard
• An entry plaza with MPS high school flags guiding spectators to a new ticket window.
Varsity soccer and football games were halted at this location in 2016 due to the poor conditions of the field, aging spectator seating, and lack of restrooms and press box. The new field surface will be safer for players.
“This stadium will bring athletics to a new level for Vincent High School and for many other schools in the district,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. “Wellness, student engagement, attendance, and academic achievement are all enhanced through participation in team sports.”
Harold S. Vincent High School is located at 7501 N. Granville Road in Milwaukee, and is home to the only high school agriculture program in the city. Students spend time caring for sheep, chickens, cows, goats, and a horse in the school’s barn, raising crops in the greenhouse, and learning about careers that focus on or support agriculture.
The total project cost estimate for the stadium, including all design, construction, and inspection, is $5,656,791. The contract has been awarded to Nicholas & Associates, Inc.
The project is funded through the MPS construction fund and includes dollars carried over from the local tax levy/capital projects fund balance. Funding will also come from district borrowed funds and qualified school construction bonds. Over the next year, MPS will invest more than $11 million in the improvement of its athletic and recreation facilities.
Many opportunities will become available for naming rights and sponsorships.