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Fate of Alamo Stadium belongs to school board

SAISD board could decide to expand stadium to pro-size

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Independent School District board could decide the future of the track at Alamo Stadium Tuesday night at their board meeting.

The debate: whether the track should be removed to make room for a professional size soccer field -- something Spurs Sports and Entertainment is very interested in -- or should they keep the track and just add a UIL regulation field. 

That move would give the venue football, track and field and soccer.

The $512 million school bond has about $35 million set aside for stadium upgrades.

Board member Patty Radle conducted a survey of 1,200 residents in the district. About 75 percent said they didn't want the track removed.

"When they got wind of the idea of the track leaving, they were concerned," said Radle.

Radle had several concerns about removing the track.

She said she wanted to know where would they hold track and field events and how much would it cost at a different venue. 

"What if they had to pay to upgrade that venue?" she wondered.

Another concern: there is a deed restriction against professional sports in Alamo Stadium.

Although it has been ignored in the past with the Gunslingers, Radle doesn't believe it will be ignored this time around.

"I am very sure people are going to mount a suit against this if we have professional soccer at the stadium," said Radle.

Morgan's Wonderland Founder Gordan Hartman has offered up an alternative.

Hartman sent a letter to the board suggesting they meet and talk about using his future stadium if SAISD really wants a professional size field.

"I think if we sat down, there could be a win-win potential here," Hartman said.

"It's good for SAISD (and) it's good for what we are trying to do in the element of helping special needs individuals and it keeps the track," Hartman said.

Hartman is building a stadium for his own professional soccer team, the Scorpions.

The stadium will be ready to see action in 2013.

The Spurs are also trying to bring a pro team to town, thus the interest in Alamo Stadium putting in a professional-size field.


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