San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Robert Duron tried to clear the air Friday about a controversial zone change for Alamo Stadium.
In an afternoon press conference, Duron said the district’s application for the area around the stadium to be re-zoned as an entertainment district was recommended by city staff to accommodate activities other than sporting events, like the annual Battle of the Bands.
“This discussion that was very public about pro field or no pro field I think really clouded the issue, to be quite honest,” said Duron.
Duron provided letters to the media that show city staffers citing the need for a zoning change, and ultimately recommending the entertainment district. The district applied for the change in late December.
“They advised that the designation of entertainment was the right zoning, and they cited northeast ISD Heroes Stadium as a similar facility having the ED designation,” said Duron.
The SAISD Board of Trustees voted earlier in the week to renovate Alamo Stadium to include a professional size soccer field, but Duron said the zoning change has nothing to do with soccer.
The San Antonio Conservation Society, which recently secured a place for Alamo Stadium on the National Historic Register, opposes both the zoning change, and the current renovation plan.
“I understand they’ll have to remove I think up to five rows of seats which will demolish part of the historic structure,” said Conservation Society President Nancy Avellar.
Avellar said her organization also applied to the Texas Historic Commission for a Texas Archeological Designation, which would put restrictions on renovations at the stadium.