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Hartman offers SAISD play time on soccer fields

SAISD has multi-million dollar decision to make regarding future of district soccer.

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Independent School District has a big decision to make. Multi-millions and the future of the district's soccer program are at stake.

Since the approval of a $35 million bond to renovate Alamo Stadium, Gordon Harman, owner of the Star Soccer Complex, has stepped up with an offer.

"Currently at the SAISD's sports complex, there are two great soccer fields that can easily be made FIFA (Federation International Football Association) fields by just widening them 3 yards and we'd be happy to do that," Hartman said.

Additionally the Hartman is offering the district play time at two of his fields.

With 13 fields at the Star complex, Hartman said he could easily accommodate the needs of SAISD explaining they would only consumer 2 percent of the total available play time at the fields.

The cost would be free to the district and as generous as that may seem, it is currently only a 3 year proposal.

"What I have told them is we're very flexible on that. If that period of time needs to be extended we're very open to that," Hartman said.

The board must also consider how they will spend $35 million earmarked for renovations of the historic Alamo Stadium.

If the district does go forward with a field fit for professional ball, there is the potential for money to be made, the Spurs eying it to house a professional soccer team.

"Actually to build a FIFA field in Alamo Stadium you actually have to remove the track. That's the issue at hand here. That was not originally put before the voters," Hartman said.

District spokeswoman Leslie Price is saying only that they appreciate the generous offer and that it will be on the table for discussion at an upcoming specially called board meeting on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m.


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