Ike-damaged stadium in Galveston may be replaced

August 7, 2009 6:57:33 AM PDT
A more than 75-year old school stadium damaged by Hurricane Ike could be replaced with help from government loans. Galveston Independent School District officials recently learned Kermit Courville Stadium could be brought down and a new complex built with up to $8.6 million in no-interest or low-interest federal loans.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that trustees could seek money through a bond program funded by stimulus dollars.

Trustees would have to decide where to put a new stadium and the cost. The issue could go before voters Nov. 3.

Supt. Lynne Cleveland says a new venue is important to students who want to feel pride in their football stadium.

The stadium was in disrepair before Ike hit on Sept. 13. The hurricane-added damage forced teams to play games elsewhere.

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