Galveston ISD plans new stadium

The current Courville Stadium was built in 1948 and supporters of the bond say it has outlived its useful lifespan

April 13, 2010 4:28:03 PM PDT
The Galveston Independent School District is calling a bond election, asking voters to approve construction of a $35 million multi-purpose stadium. The facility would seat 8,000 people and be used not just for football, but soccer, track and field, band and other events. Supporters say it would be a huge draw, bringing people to Galveston and increasing sales tax revenue.

The facility would be built at an increased elevation and made of concrete to ensure it can survive hurricane and flood conditions. Building higher and stronger, though, increases the price of the project.

Those opposed say other school districts nearby recently have built stadiums at much lower cost. Dickinson ISD, for example, we're told, constructed a stadium in 2007 for only $12.8 million.

The current Courville Stadium was built in 1948 and supporters of the bond say it has outlived its useful lifespan. If passed, the district says taxes would be increased by about $3.92 per month on a property valued at $100,000 (without a homestead exemption).

There is a public hearing on the project on April 19, at 5:30pm at GISD's Administration Annex at 3906 Avenue T. The bond election will be held May 8.

For more information on the stadium bond election, visit the Galveston ISD website.


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