Alamo Stadium track weighed by SAISD

Board member Patti Radle says track should stay

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Independent School District officials are considering removing the track at Alamo Stadium to support a full-sized professional soccer field.

But board member Patti Radle said she is opposed to the idea.

"We're not about being professional soccer advocates," Radle said. "We're about providing what our students need, and we can meet those needs of soccer in this stadium."

After conducting a phone survey of more than 250 people, Radle said a big percentage of voters did not realize that when voting on the SAISD bond last year, there was a possibility of the track coming out of the stadium.

The track would be removed to accommodate a professional soccer field that could bring in revenue to the district.

Radle said she doesn't think the language on the ballot back reflected that possibility. Radle also found out that more than 74 percent of people she polled would support having Alamo Stadium renovated to support all sports, including track, football and soccer

"Board members want to make sure that they have a decent track to run on," Radle said. "That's part of what this board is trying to make sure happens. But the other part of it is that some board members are open to the idea of that competitive track not being here in the stadium."

Some of the options on the table include adding a smaller field to keep high school sports or taking out the track to support a professional full size field if the district can find another track for students to use.

SAISD takes up the issue at its Tuesday board meeting.


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